Child Protection Policy
The Board of Management (BoM) recognises that child protection and welfare considerations permeate all aspects of school life and must be reflected in each school policy, school 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 BoM of Scoil Náisiúnta Naomh Micheál has approved this Child Protection Policy.
- The BoM has adopted and will fully implement without modification the Department of Education and Skills Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2011. These procedures will therefore underpin the content of this policy.
- The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Mr. Patrick O’Connell.
- The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is Ms. Rosaleen O’Donovan.
- In its policies, practices and activities, Scoil Náisiúnta Naomh Micheál 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 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
- Adhere to the above principles in relation to any adult pupil with a special vulnerability
- This section of the Child Protection Policy should be used to list school policies, practices and activities that are particularly relevant to child protection (eg.Code of Behaviour/Anti-Bullying Policy, Pupil Attendance Strategy, Supervision of Pupils).
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.
The Board will review other policies in the light of the new guidelines and any new revised or newly formulated policies will be submitted for ratification as soon as possible.
- 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.
- Teachers/staff will re-familiarise themselves with Children First and the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools and sign a declaration when complete.
- 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 of next review: September 2017