Child Protection Policy
CHILD PROTECTION POLICY FOR ST. KEVIN’S JNS
The Board of Management recognises that child protection and welfare considerations permeate all aspects of school life and must be reflected in all of the school’s policies, practices and activities. Accordingly, in accordance with the requirements of the Department of Education and Skills’ Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools, the Board of Management of St. Kevin’s JNS has agreed the following child protection policy:
- The Board of Management has adopted and will implement fully and without modification the Department’s Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools as part of this overall child protection policy.
- The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Orlagh Leonard: Principal
- The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is Margaret O’Sullivan: Deputy Principal
- In its policies, practices and activities, St. Kevin’s JNS will adhere to the following principles of best practice in child protection and welfare:
- recognise that the protection and welfare of children is of paramount importance, regardless of all other considerations
- fully co-operate with the relevant statutory authorities in relation to child protection and welfare matters
- adopt safe practices to minimise the possibility of harm or accidents happening to children and protect workers from the necessity to take unnecessary risks that may leave themselves open to accusations of abuse or neglect;
- develop a practice of openness with parents and encourage parental involvement in the education of their children; and
- fully respect confidentiality requirements in dealing with child protection matters.
- The following are St. Kevin’s school policies which are relevant to child protection.
- Code of Behaviour
- School Attendance Policy
In addition, the following procedures will be adhered to by all staff
- Visitors/Guest Speakers
- Children with specific toileting/intimate care needs:
Two members of staff will be present when dealing with intimate care/toileting needs. Any deviation from the agreed procedure will be recorded and notified to the DLP and the parents/guardians.
- Toileting accidents:
If the pupil for whatever reason cannot clean or change themselves and the parents/guardians cannot be contacted the child will be assisted by members of staff familiar to the child. In all such situations, two members of staff should be present, usually, the Class Teacher and School Secretary or Special Needs Assistant. A record of all such incidents will be kept and Principal and parents will be notified.
- One- to –one teaching:
Work being carried out by Special Needs Assistants will be carried out under the direction of the Class Teacher in an open environment.
While every effort will be made to adhere to best practice as agreed and outlined above, in the event of an emergency, where this is not possible or practicable a full record of the incident should be made and reported to Principal and parents.
The Board has ensured that the necessary policies, protocols or practices as appropriate are in place in respect of each of the above listed items.
- This policy has been made available to school personnel and the Parents’ Association and is readily accessible to parents on request. A copy of this policy will be made available to the Department and patron if requested.
This policy was adopted on 16th May 2016 and reviewed by the Board of management on the 17th of May 2016.
Signed:____________________ Signed: ___________________
Chairperson of Board of Management Principal
Date: 17th May 2016
Date of next review: ___________