Updated Child Safeguarding Statement for Cloughfin N.S.
Child Safeguarding Statement
Cloughfin N.S. is a rural primary school providing primary education to pupils from Junior Infants to Sixth Class.
In accordance with the requirements of the Children First Act 2015, Children First National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017, the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary school 2017 and Tusla Guidance on the preparation of Safeguarding statements, the Board of Management of Cloughfin N.S. has agreed the Child Safeguarding Statement set out in this document.
- The Board of Management of Cloughfin N.S. has adopted and will implement fully and without modification the Department‘s Child Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017 as part of this overall Child Safeguarding Statement.
- The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Fiona Farry
- The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is Bernie McEleney
- The Board of Management recognise that child protection and welfare considerations permeate all aspects of school life and must be reflected in all of the school policies, procedures, practices and activities. In its policies, procedures, practices and activities, the school will adhere to the following principles of best practice in child protection and welfare.
The school will
- recognise that the protection and welfare of children is of paramount importance regardless of all other considerations
- fully comply with its statutory obligations under the Children First Act 2015 and other relevant legislation relating to the protection and welfare of children
- 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 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
- The following procedures/measures are in place:
- In relation to any member of staff who is the subject of any investigation (howsoever described) in respect of any act, omission or circumstance in respect of a child attending the school, the school adheres to the relevant procedures set out in Chapter 7 of the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post –Primary Schools 2017 and to the relevant agreed disciplinary procedures for school staff which are published on the DES website
- In relation to the section or recruitment of staff and their suitability to work with children, the school adheres to the statutory vetting requirements of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 and to the wider duty of care guidance set out in relevant Garda vetting and recruitment circulars published by the DES and available on the DES website
- In relation to the provision of information and, where necessary, instruction and training, to staff in respect of the identification of the occurrence of harm (as defined in the 2015 Act),
- Has provided each member of staff with a copy of the school ‘s Child Safeguarding Statement
- Ensures all new staff are provided with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement
- Encourages staff to avail of relevant training
- Encourages Board of Management members to avail of relevant training
- Ensures the Board of Management maintains records of all staff and Board Members
- In relation to reporting of child protection concerns to Tusla, all school personnel are required to adhere to the procedures set out in the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017, including in the case of registered teachers, those in relation to mandated reporting under the Children First Act 2015
- In this school the Board has appointed the above named DLP as the ‘’relevant person ‘’ (as defined in the Children First Act 2015) to be the first point of concern in respect of the safeguarding statement.
- All registered teachers employed by the school are mandated persons under the Children First Act 2015
- In accordance with the Children First Act 2015, the Board has carried out an assessment of any potential for harm to a child while attending the school or participating in school activities or engaging in remote learning during exceptional school closures. A written assessment setting out the areas of risk identified and the school’s procedures for managing those risks is attached as an appendix to these procedures.
- The various procedures referred to in this statement can be accessed via the DES website or will be made available on request from the school.
- This statement has been provided to all members of school personnel. It is readily accessible to parents and guardians on request. A copy of this statement will be made available to Tusla and the Department if requested.
- This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed annually or as soon as practical after there has been a change in any matter to which this statement refers.
This updated Child Safeguarding Statement has been ratified by the Board of Management on 1/12/2020