In undertaking this risk management, the Board of Management of Scóil Chomhgháin Naofa (Killeshin N.S), following consultation with all members of the school community, has endeavoured to identify as far as possible, the risks of harm that are relevant to our school and to ensure that adequate procedures are in place to manage all risks identified.
While it is not possible to foresee and remove all risk of harm, the school has in place the procedures listed in this risk assessment to manage and reduce risk to the greatest possible extent.
*Important Note: It should be noted that risk in the context of this risk assessment is the risk of
“harm” as defined in the Children First act 2015 and not general health and safety risk*
In accordance with section 2 of the Children First act, 2015 the defined threshold of “harm” in relation to a child is as follows:
“harm” means, in relation to a child –
Assault, ill-treatment or neglect of the child in a manner that seriously affects or is likely to seriously affect the child’s health, development or welfare, or
Sexual abuse of the child.
Whether caused by a single act, omission or circumstance or a series or combination of acts, omissions or circumstances, or otherwise;”
Killeshin National School’s child Safeguarding Statement has been developed in line with requirements under the Child first Act 2015, the Children First: National Guidance for the protection and Welfare of Children 2017 and Tusla’s Child Safeguarding: A Guide for Policy, Procedure and Practice, in addition to the procedures listed in our risk assessment, the following procedures support our intention to safeguard children while they are availing of our service:
Procedure for the management of allegations of abuse or misconduct against workers/volunteers of a child availing of our service
Minor complaints about staff are managed in line with the complaint’s procedure, as outlined in our Parental Complaints Procedure which is available on our school website.
Allegations against staff of abuse or misconduct are managed in line with the provisions of section 5.6 of the DES Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017.
Procedure for the recruitment and selection of workers and volunteers to work with children
Only teachers who can provide up to date vetting by the National Vetting Bureau are employed in Killeshin National School. All temporary and permanent teachers are registered with the Teaching Council.
All Special Needs Assistants and ancillary staff employed by the Board of Management must undergo and successful complete vetting by the National Vetting Bureau in advance of commencing employment. This vetting will be processed through Kildare & Leighlin Diocesan Office.
References from previous employers are obtained before employment commences in the school.
A Form of Undertaking and Statutory Declaration must be completed before commencing in the school.
Parents and volunteers who attend the school on a regular basis to assist in school related activities will be vetted by the BOM through Kildare & Leighlin Diocesan Office.
Procedures for the provision of and access to child safeguarding training and information, including the identification of the occurrence of harm
School staff members are given a hard copy of Killeshin National School’s Child Safeguarding Statement along with a hard copy of Killeshin National School’s Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment.
The following documents are readily available to school staff and a hard copy will be placed in each teachers planning folder.
Killeshin National School’s Child Safeguarding Statement
Killeshin national School’s Safeguarding Risk Assessment
Teachers will download the pdf version of the following documents to a Child Protection Folder on the Desktop on their teaching computer.
DES Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017
Primary Circular 0081/2017
Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of children 2017
School staff members are informed of school child-protection and anti-bullying procedures during staff induction and at the beginning of each school year.
Other relevant school policies are available to all school staff
School staff will avail of online training made available by TUSLA and the PDST
The DLP/DDLP will engage with face to face Child Protection training with the PDST on April 25th in Laois Education Centre.
School management will keep updated on current child Protection guidelines and circulars.
Procedures for the reporting of child protection or welfare concerns to Tusla
All mandated persons shall report a mandated concern to Tusla as soon as practicable in accordance with the Children First Act.
The DLP, Conor Denieffe or in his absence/unavailability, DDLP, Nicola McGuill, shall act as a resource to the mandated person to ensure that reporting procedures are followed correctly and promptly.
On completion by the mandated person, a report shall be forwarded to the relevant duty Social Worker by the DLP, DDLP or Mandated Person.
In the event the report is forwarded by the DLP or DDLP, the Mandated Person shall be informed in writing that the report has been forwarded.
In the event that the report is forwarded by a mandated person without the assistance of the DLP/DDLP, the DLP or DDLP shall be informed in writing and copies provided will be stored securely in a locked filing case in the strong room.
Procedure for maintaining a list of the persons in the relevant service who are mandated persons
All members of the teaching staff of Killeshin National School are mandated persons. Mandated persons, as defined in the Children First Act 2015, have a statutory obligation to report concerns which reach a particular threshold to Tusla and to cooperate with Tusla in the assessment of mandated reports.
Procedure for appointing a relevant person
The Board of Management of Killeshin National School, at a meeting held on the 5th March 2018, appointed the school principal, Conor Denieffe, as DLP, the relevant person in accordance with Children First Act 2015.
The Board of Management of Killeshin National School, at a meeting held on the 5th March 2019, appointed the school deputy principal, Nicola McGuill, as DDLP, The DDLP will deputise for the DLP in his absence.
The name and contact details of the current DLP and DDLP will be displayed in the school reception area and are included on the Child Safeguarding Statement available on the school website.
In Killeshin National School we are committed to the implements of our Child Safeguarding Statement and the procedures that support our intention to keep children safe from harm while availing of our service.
All staff members acknowledge their responsibilities to safeguard our pupils while in our care.
This document is school website and will be circulated to all members of our school community including parents and staff. A hard copy of the policy will be made available on request.
Ratification and Review
This risk assessment has been completed by the Board of Management of Killeshin National School on 23rd March 2018.
This Risk Assessment will be reviewed as part of the school’s annual review of its Child Safeguarding Statement and will take place no later than 23rd March 2019
Signed ____________________ Date:
Mrs Mary Hennessy
Board of Management
Signed ___________________ Date:
Mr. Conor Denieffe,
Secretary to the Board of Management