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Child Protection Policy

Child Protection Policy of St. Maelruan’s S.N.S.

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. Consequently, 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. Maelruan’s S.N.S. has agreed the following child protection policy:

1. 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.

2. The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Caitríona Hogan

3. The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is Kathy McHugh

4. In its policies, practices and activities, St. Maelruan’s S.N.S. will adhere to the following principles of best practice in Child Protection and Welfare. Our school recognises that the protection and welfare of children is of paramount importance, regardless of all other considerations and will therefore:

• 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.

• Fully respect confidentiality requirements in dealing with child protection matters.

5. The following school policies are particularly relevant to Child Protection:

  • Enrolment
  • Code of Behaviour
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Health and Safety
  • ICT
  • Special Education and
  • Critical Incident

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.

6. 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 the patron if requested.

7. This policy will be reviewed by the Board of Management once in every school year.

This policy was adopted by the Board of Management on _________________[date]

Signed: _________________________ Signed: __________________________

Chairperson of Board of Management                             Principal

Date: __________________________ Date: __________________________

Date of next review: ________________

Checklist for Annual Review of the Child Protection Policy

The Board of Management must undertake an annual review of its child protection policy and the following checklist shall be used for this purpose.

  1. Has the Board formally adopted a child protection policy in accordance with the ‘Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools’? Yes/No
  1. As part of the school’s child protection policy, has the Board formally adopted, without modification, the ‘Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools’? Yes/No
  1. Are there both a DLP and a Deputy DLP currently appointed? Yes/No
  1. Has the DLP attended available child protection training? Yes/No
  1. Has the Deputy DLP attended available child protection training? Yes/No
  1. Have any members of the Board attended child protection training? Yes/No
  1. Has the school’s child protection policy identified other school policies, practices and activities that are regarded as having particular child protection relevance? Yes/No
  1. Has the Board ensured that the Department’s “Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools” are available to all school personnel? Yes/No
  1. Has the Board arrangements in place to communicate the school’s child protection policy to new school personnel? Yes/No
  1. Is the Board satisfied that all school personnel have been made aware of their responsibilities under the ‘Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools’? Yes/No
  1. Since the Board’s last annual review, was the Board informed of any child protection reports made to the HSE/An Garda Síochána by the DLP? Yes/No
  1. Since the Board’s last annual review, was the Board informed of any cases where the DLP sought advice from the HSE and as a result of this advice, no report to the HSE was made? Yes/No
  1. Is the Board satisfied that the child protection procedures in relation to the making of reports to the HSE/ An Garda Síochána were appropriately followed? Yes/No
  1. Were child protection matters reported to the Board appropriately recorded in the Board minutes? Yes/No
  1. Is the Board satisfied that all records relating to child protection are appropriately filed and stored securely? Yes/No
  1. Has the Board ensured that the Parents’ Association has been provided with the school’s child protection policy? Yes/No
  1. Has the Board ensured that the school’s child protection policy is available to parents on request? Yes/No
  1. Has the Board ensured that the Stay Safe programme is implemented in full in the school? Yes/No
  1. Has the Board ensured that the SPHE curriculum is implemented in full in the school? Yes/No
  1. Is the Board satisfied that the Department’s requirements for Garda Vetting have been met in respect of all school personnel (employees and volunteers)? *
  1. Is the Board satisfied that the Department’s requirements in relation to the provision of a child protection related statutory declaration and associated form of undertaking have been met in respect of persons appointed to teaching and non-teaching positions?* Yes/No
  1. Is the Board satisfied that, from a child protection perspective, thorough recruitment and selection procedures are applied by the school in relation to all school personnel (employees and volunteers)?* Yes/No
  1. Is the Board satisfied that the ‘Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools’ are being fully and adequately implemented by the school? Yes/No
  1. Has the Board identified any aspects of the school’s child protection policy and/or its implementation that require further improvement? Yes/No
  1. Has the Board put in place an action plan containing appropriate timelines to address those aspects of the school’s child protection policy and/or its implementation that have been identified as requiring further improvement ? Yes/No
  1. Has the Board ensured that any areas for improvement that that were identified in any previous review of the school’s child protection policy have been adequately addressed? Yes/No

Signed _____________________________________ Date ________________

Chairperson, Board of Management

Signed _____________________________________ Date ________________

Principal

Notification Regarding the Board of Management’s Annual Review of the Child Protection Policy

The Board of Management of Scoil Maelruain Senior wishes to inform you that:

  • The Board of Management’s annual review of the school’s child protection policy and its implementation was completed at the Board of Management meeting of May 26th 2014
  • This review was conducted in accordance with the checklist set out in Appendix 2 of the Department’s Child Protection  procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools.

Frank Moran

Chairperson .

Caitriona Hogan,

Principal.

Notification Regarding the Board of Management’s Annual Review of the Child Protection Policy

The Board of Management of Scoil Maelruain Senior wishes to inform you that:

  • The Board of Management’s annual review of the school’s child protection policy and its implementation was completed at the Board of Management meeting of June 24th 2015
  • This review was conducted in accordance with the checklist set out in Appendix 2 of the Department’s Child Protection  procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools.

Frank Moran

Chairperson .

Caitriona Hogan,

Principal.

The Board of Management of Scoil Maelruain Senior wishes to inform you that:

  • The Board of Managemnet’s annual review of the school’s child protection policy was completed at the Board meeting of May 19th 2016.
  • This review was conducted in accordance with the checklist set out in appendix 2 of the Department’s ‘Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools’.

Frank Moran – Chairperson

Caitriona Hogan – Principal.

Appendix 3: Signs and symptoms of child abuse

1. Signs and symptoms of neglect

Child neglect is the most common category of abuse. A distinction can be made between

‘wilful’ neglect and ‘circumstantial’ neglect. ‘Wilful’ neglect would generally incorporate a

direct and deliberate deprivation by a parent/carer of a child’s most basic needs, e.g.

withdrawal of food, shelter, warmth, clothing, contact with others. ‘Circumstantial’ neglect

more often may be due to stress/inability to cope by parents or carers.

Neglect is closely correlated with low socio-economic factors and corresponding physical

deprivations. It is also related to parental incapacity due to learning disability or

psychological disturbance.

The neglect of children is ‘usually a passive form of abuse involving omission rather than

acts of commission’ (Skuse and Bentovim, 1994). It comprises ‘both a lack of physical

caretaking and supervision and a failure to fulfil the developmental needs of the child in

terms of cognitive stimulation’.

Child neglect should be suspected in cases of:

• abandonment or desertion;

• children persistently being left alone without adequate care and supervision;

• malnourishment, lacking food, inappropriate food or erratic feeding;

• lack of warmth;

• lack of adequate clothing;

• inattention to basic hygiene;

• lack of protection and exposure to danger, including moral danger or lack of

supervision appropriate to the child’s age;

• persistent failure to attend school;