Child Protection Policy St Patrick’s N.S. Lurgybrack

Schools have an obligation to provide students with the highest possible standard of care in order to promote their well-being and protect them from harm. School personnel are especially well placed to observe changes in behaviour, failure to develop or outward signs of abuse in children.

  • Mindful of this primary duty of care, the Board of Management of St.
    Patrick’s N.S. fully endorses “Children First-National Guidance for the
    Protection and Welfare of Children 2011”, the designated guidelines
    for the protection and welfare of children as issued by the HSE and
    the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, July 2011 and “Child
    Protection Procedures” from the Department of Education & Skills.
  • The Board nominates ANN FOXE as the designated liaison with the
    HSE and as a resource person to any staff having child protection
    concerns.
  • In the absence of ANN FOXE, EMER KELLY will act as Deputy Designated Liaison Person (DDLP).
  • The Board will ensure that appropriate and ongoing training as
    necessary will be available for DLP and the DDLP.
  • The Board fully endorses arrangements for the vetting of teaching
    and non-teaching staff as outlined in Circular 0094/2006, June 2006,
    for the Department of Education & Skills.
  • Recognising that the safety and well-being of children attending the
    school is a priority, the Board undertakes to include Child Protection
    & Health & Safety matters as items on the agenda of all Board
    meetings forthwith.
  • The Board will ensure that all school staff, teaching and non-teaching
    are aware of their obligations under the guidelines detailed in
    Children First and the procedures to be followed in the event of
    concern.
  • The Board recognises that it has two duties of care. The primary
    duty is the protection, safety and welfare of the children attending St
    Patrick’s N.S. The Board as an employer also has duties and
    responsibilities towards its employees.
  • As an employer, the Board will seek legal advice if an allegation of
    abuse is made against a school employee.
  • The Board will adhere to the protocol outlined in Ch. 5. Allegations
    or Suspicions of Child Abuse regarding School Employees, in “Child
    Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary schools” from the
    Department of Education & Skills 2011, to authorise any actions
    required to protect the children in its care. The Board notes that
    school employees may be subject to erroneous or malicious allegations. Any allegation of abuse should be dealt with sensitively.
    The employee should be treated fairly which includes the right not to
    be judged in advance of a full and fair enquiry. The Board accepts that the principles of natural justice and fair procedures must be adhered to.

The Board believes that the academic, personal and social development of children flourishes in a culture where good relationships are encouraged, people feel valued and respected and appropriate support is available for those in difficulty. The Board is committed to the maintenance of the environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to express themselves and are listened to. All children in the school will be made aware that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried. In addition, opportunities will be included in the curriculum for children to develop the skills they need to keep them safe.

The Board undertakes to circulate this Child Protection policy statement to all parents and guardians at time of enrolment and on a regular basis thereafter. This policy statement and “Children First-National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2011” will be available for viewing at the school office. This policy statement regarding Child Protection at St. Patrick’s N.S. applies to all staff, members of the Board of Management, volunteers and contractors working in the school.

This policy statement will be subject to review at the start of each academic year forthwith.

Signed:

Rev Fr Joe O’Donnell Chairperson

Ann Foxe DLP

Emer Kelly Deputy DLP