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Child Protection Policy of Kilbrittain N.S. 2012/2013

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 Kilbrittain 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

Karen Morrison

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

Helen Flynn

4. In its policies, practices and activities, Kilbrittain N.S. 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 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 school will also adhere to the above principles in relation to any adult pupil with a special vulnerability.

5. The school has the following practices and policies in place to support the Child Protection Guidelines:
Code of Behaviour, Anti bullying Policy, Attendance Policy, R.S.E., Internet Safety Policies.

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 (if any) 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 15/10/13

Ammendments to Child Protection Policy of Kilbrittain N.S.

Children with specific toileting/intimate care needs:

In all situations where a pupil needs assistance with toileting /intimate care a meeting will be convened, after enrolment and before the child starts school, between parents/guardians, class teacher, special needs assistant, principal and if appropriate the pupil . The purpose of the meeting will be to ascertain the specific needs of the child and to determine how the school can best meet those needs. The staff to be involved in this care will be identified and provision will be made for occasions when the particular staff involved is absent. A written copy of what has been agreed will be made and kept in the child’s file.

Toileting accidents:

Clean underwear and suitable clothing will be kept in the school so that if a pupil has an ‘accident’ of this nature they will in the first instance be offered fresh clothing into which they can change.
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.
A record of all such incidents will be kept and principal and parents will be notified.

One- to One teaching:

It is the policy in this school that one-to-one teaching is often in the best interest of the child. Every effort will be made to ensure that this teaching takes place in an open environment. Parents of children who are to be involved in one-to-one teaching will be informed and their agreement sought.
Work being carried our by special needs assistants will be carried out under the direction of the class teacher in an open environment. A copy of the time table is given to the principal and on display in the classroom.

Changing for Games/ PE/ Swimming:

Pupils will be expected to dress and undress themselves for games/PE/ swimming. Where assistance is needed this will be done in the communal areas and with the consent of parents. Under no circumstances will members of staff be expected to or allowed to dress/undress a child in a cubicle/private area.
At all times there must be adequate supervision of pupils.

Supervision of children:

Children are adequately supervised during the school day and on all school related activities. Children will not travel alone in staff teachers cars.

Internet Safety:

Children are adequately supervised on the internet in school. Children are not allowed to bring mobile phones to school. The schools acceptable use policy outlines the decisions the school has taken in relation to technology including mobile phones, pictures etc.

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.

Links to other policy / planning areas:

Prevention: SPHE curriculum, Strand Unit on ‘Safety and Protection’,
The School Code of Behaviour

Procedures: Anti-Bullying Policy .
Health and Safety Statement.

Practice: Swimming Policy
School Tours / Outings
Internet Safety

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