Child Safeguarding Statement - St. John's Co-Educational N.S. Sligo

St. John's Co-educational N.S.
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Dear Parents & Guardians,
Please note that our current Child Safeguarding Statement is under review. The updated version will be amended, ratified by the BOM and posted below. Thank you.

Child Safeguarding Statement

St John's Co-educational School provides education to children 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 Department of  Education and Skills’ Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post  Primary Schools 2017and Tusla Guidance on the preparation of Child  Safeguarding Statements, the Board of Management (BOM) of St. John's  N.S.has agreed the Child Safeguarding Statement set out in this  document.

(1) The BOM has adopted and will implement fully  and without modification the Department’s Child Protection Procedures  for primary and post-primary Schools 2017 as part of this overall Child  Safeguarding Statement.

(2) The Designated Liaison Person(DLP) is: Bernard Mulhern (School Principal)

(3) The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is: Ger Hartnett (Deputy Principal)

(4)  The BOM recognises that child protection and welfare considerations  permeate all aspects of school life and must be reflected in all of the  school’s 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

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.

 Continue our 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 procedures/measures are in place in our school:

  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 website of the Department of Education & Skills.

  In relation to the selection 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) the school:

Has provided each member of staff with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement and Risk Assessment.

Has  provided each member of the teaching staff with a copy of DES Child  Protection Procedures for Primary and Secondary Schools 2017.

Ensures all new staff are provided with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement.

Encourages staff to avail of relevant training.

Encourages BOM members to avail of relevant training.

Maintains records of all staff and Board member training on behalf of the BOM

In  relation to reporting of child protection concerns to Túsla 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 contact  in respect of the school’s child safeguarding statement.

(6) All registered teachers employed by the school are mandated persons under the Children First Act 2015.

(7)  In accordance with the Children First Act 2015, the Board and school  community has carried out an assessment of any potential for harm to a  child while attending the school or participating in school activities. A  written assessment setting out the areas of risk identified and the  school’s procedures for managing those risks is included below,  beginning on page 4. The risk assessment document can be updated as  often as necessary and the most recent update will be available on our  website.

(8)The various procedures referred to in this Statement  can be accessed via the school’s website, the DES website or will be  made available on request by the school. The document provided on our  website includes links to further documents and policies available on  our website, on the website of the Department of Education & Skills  or the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. This statement has been  published on the school’s website and has been provided to all members  of school personnel and the patron. It is readily accessible to parents  and guardians. A copy of this Statement will be made available to Túsla  and the Department of Education and Skills if requested.

(9) This  Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed annually or as soon as  practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to  which this statement refers.

This Child Safeguarding Statement was adopted by the BOM on ______________________2018.

Signed: ___________________________

Fr. Declan Boyce
Chairperson of BOM

Date: _____________________________

Signed: ____________________________

Bernard Mulhern
Principal/Secretary to the BOM

Date: ______________________________

St. John's N.S.,
Temple Street,
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St. John's Co-educational N.S.
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