Child Protection Policy for Moynalvey National School

MOYNALVEY N.S., MOYNALVEY, SUMMERHILL, CO. MEATH

Child Protection Policy

This document is a response to recent changes in legislation and takes account of the provisions of each of the following pieces of legislation

•    Freedom of Information Act 1997

•    The Education Act 1998

•    The Child Welfare Act 2000

•    Children First – National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2011.

 

The new procedures are based on the recently published Children First – National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2011.

 

References  

•    “Children First” (Department of Health and Children 1999)

•    “Child Protection Guidelines and Procedures” (Department of Education and  Science 2001)

•    Policy Sources accessed through Internet

 

The Board of Management of Moynalvey N.S. recognizes 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 BoM of Moynalvey NS has agreed the following Child Protection policy.

 

The BoM 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

 

The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Kathleen Duffy

The Deputy Designated Liaison Person is Maura Dineen

In its policies, practices and activities, Moynalvey NS will adhere to the following principles of best practice in child protection and welfare.  The school will recognize 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 minimize 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. The school will also adhere to the above principles in relation to any adult pupil with a special vulnerability

 

Specific policies such as Moynalvey NS Code of Behaviour/Anti-bullying Policy will take particular account of this Child Protection Policy.  This policy will also be considered with reference to the participation by pupils in sporting activities, other extra-curricular activities and school outings.  Other practices and activities, within this policy.  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.

 

This policy has been made available to school personal and PA is readily accessible to parents on request.

It is also available in hard copy in each classroom

A copy of this policy will be made available to the DES and the patron if requested.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOYNALVEY N.S. MOYNALVEY SUMMERHILL CO. MEATH.

 

The DLP has specific responsibility for child protection and will represent the school in all correspondence with Health Boards, An Garda Siochana and other parties in connection with allegations of abuse.  All  matters pertaining to the processing or investigation of child abuse should be processed through the DLP.

 

Further information on the responsibilities of the DLP can be referred to on page 8, section 2.2 of  “Child Protection ” (DES 2001)

 

The DLP acts in cases where there are reasonable grounds for suspicion or where an allegation has been made, as referred to in “Child Protection ” (DES 2011, pages 11 – 12).

 

Confidentiality

All information regarding concerns of possible child abuse should only be shared on a “need to know” basis in the interests of the child.  The giving of information to those who need to have that information is not  a breach of confidentiality.  This procedure exists for the protection of a child who may have been or has been abused.  The DLP who is submitting a report to the Health Board or An Garda Siochána should inform a parent/guardian,  unless doing so is likely to endanger the child or place that child at further risk.  A decision not to inform a parent/guardian should be briefly recorded together with the reasons for not doing so.

 

In emergency situations, where the Health Board cannot be contacted, and the child appears to be at immediate and serious risk, An Garda Siochána should be contacted immediately.  A child should not be left in a dangerous situation pending Health Board intervention.

 

Protection for Persons Reporting Child  Abuse

The protection for persons reporting Child Abuse Act 1998 provided immunity from civil liability to any person who reports child abuse “reasonably and in good faith” to designated officers of Health Boards or any members of an Garda Siochána,  see “Child Protection ” (DES 2001, pate 6)

 

Qualified Privilege

People making a report to the DLP in good faith have “qualified privilege” under common law, see “Child Protection Guidelines and Procedures (DES 2001 page 6).  Reports made to Health Boards may be subject to provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, 1997.  This act enables members of the public to obtain access to  personal information relating to them which is in the possession of public bodies.  However, the act also provides that public bodies may refuse access to information obtained by them in confidence.

 

Definition and Recognition of Child Abuse

Child abuse can be categorized into four different types;

Neglect

Emotional abuse

Physical abuse

Sexual abuse

 

Each of these categories is defined in full in “Children First” (Dept Health and Children 1999, pages 31 – 33) but for the purpose of this policy attention is drawn to the stated definition of “neglect”.

 

Neglect can be defined in terms of an omission,  where the child suffers significant harm or impairment of development by being deprived of food, clothing, warmth, hygiene, intellectual stimulation, supervision and safety, attachment to and affection from adults, medical care.

 

Emotional Abuse is normally to be found in the relationship between parent/carer and a child rather than in a specific event or pattern of events.  It occurs when a child’s developmental need for affection, approval, consistency and security are not met.  Unless other forms of abuse are present, it is rarely manifested in terms of physical signs or symptoms.  Examples of emotional abuse of children include;

 

The imposition of negative attributes on a child, expressed by persistent criticism, sarcasm, hostility or blaming

 

Conditional parenting in which the level of care shown to a child is made contingent on his or her behaviour or actions

 

Emotional unavailability of the child’s parent/carer

 

Unresponsiveness of parent/carer and/or inconsistent or inappropriate expectations of the child

 

Premature imposition of responsibility on the child

 

Unrealistic or inappropriate expectations of the child’s capacity to understand something or to behave and control himself or herself in a certain way.

 

Under or over protection of the child

 

Failure to show interest in, or provide age appropriate opportunities for the child’s cognitive and emotional development

 

Use of unreasonable or over harsh disciplinary measures

 

Exposure to domestic violence

 

Exposure to in appropriate or abusive material through new technology

 

Emotional abuse can be manifested in terms of the child’s behaviour, cognitive affective or physical functioning.  Examples of these include insecure attachment, non-organic failure to thrive, unhappiness, low self-esteem, educational and developmental underachievement, and oppositional behaviour.  The threshold of significant harm is reached when abusive interactions dominate and become typical of the relationship between the child and the parent/carer.

 

Physical Abuse of a child is that which results in actual or potential physical harm from an interaction, or lack of interaction, which is reasonably within the control of a parent or person in a position of responsibility, power or trust.  There may be single or repeated incidents.

Physical abuse can involve;

•    Severe physical punishment

•    Beating, slapping, hitting or kicking

•    Pushing, shaking or throwing

•    Pinching, biting, choking or hair pulling

•    Terrorizing with threats

•    Observing violence

•    Use of excessive force in handling

•    Deliberate poisoning

•    Suffocation

•    Fabricated/induced illness (see Appendix 3 for details)

•    Allowing or creating a substantial risk of significant harm to a child.

 

Sexual Abuse occurs when a child is used by another person for his or her gratification or sexual arousal, or for that of others.  Examples of child sexual abuse include the following;

 

•    Exposure of the sexual organs or any sexual act intentionally performed in the presence of  the child.

 

•    Intentional touching or molesting of the body of a child whether by a person or object for the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification.

 

•    Masturbation in the presence of the child or the involvement of the child in an act of masturbation.

 

•    Sexual intercourse with the child whether oral, vaginal, or anal.

 

•    Sexual exploitation of a child includes inciting, encouraging propositioning, requiring or permitting a child to solicit for, or to engage in, prostitution or other sexual acts.  Sexual exploitation also occurs when a child is involved in the exhibition, modeling or posing for the purpose of sexual arousal, gratification or sexual act, including its recording (on film, video tape or other media) or the manipulation, for those purposes, of the image by computer or other means.

It may also includes showing sexually explicit material to children which is often a feather of the “grooming” process by perpetrators of abuse.

 

•    Consensual sexual activity involving an adult and an underage person.  In relation to child sexual abuse,. It should be noted that, for the purposes of the criminal law, the age of consent to sexual intercourse is 17 years for boys and girls.  An Garda Siochána will deal with the criminal aspects of the case under the relevant legislation.

 

It should be noted that the definition of child sexual abuse presented in this section is not a legal definition and is not intended to be a description of the criminal offence of sexual assault

 

In all cases where a school becomes aware of underage sexual intercourse the school should take appropriate steps to inform the child’s parents.

 

Cases of underage pregnancy/sexual activity may be indicative of child abuse.  If such concerns exist the Designated Liaison Person for the school should seek advice from the HSE Children and Family Services as set out in section 4.2.1 of these procedures.

 

Where a decision is made to report the matter to the HSE Children and Family Services of the Health Service Executive, the reporting procedures outlined in Chapter 4 of these procedures shall be followed.

 

Sings and symptoms of abuse.  Child neglect or abuse can often be difficult to identify and may present in many forms.  A list of indicators of child abuse is outlined in Appendix 3 of these procedures.  No one indicator should be seen as conclusive in itself of abuse.  It may indicate conditions other than child abuse.  All signs and symptoms must be examined in the total context of the child’s situation and family circumstances.

 

Children with additional vulnerabilities

Certain children are more vulnerable to abuse than others.  These include children with disabilities, children who are homeless and those who, for one reason or another, are separated from parents or other family members and who depend on others for their care and protection.  The same categories of abuse – neglect, emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse – are applicable, but may take a slightly different form.  For example, abuse may take the form of deprivation of basic rights, harsh disciplinary regimes or the inappropriate use of medications or physical restraints

(see also Chapter 8 Children First)

 

The guidelines and procedures contained in Children First and within this document apply to children.  It is recognized that some schools may also cater for adult pupils and additional vulnerabilities.  Where a person has concerns regarding a vulnerable adult pupil, the advice of the HSE or, if necessary, An Garda Siochána should be sought.

 

Guidelines for Recognition of Child Abuse.

A list of child abuse indicators is contained an Appendix 1 “Children First” (DHC 1999,  31 – 33).  This policy draws particular attention to “persistent evidence” of neglect, including indications such as no lunch, lack of uniform,, no homework, poor attendance, persistent health problems, lack of sleep indicating inappropriate television viewing late at night and other evidence that would indicate lack of supervision in the home.  All signs and symptoms must be examined in the total context of the child’s situation and family circumstances.

 

MOYNALEY NATIONAL SCHOOL, SUMMERHILL, CO. MEATH

There are commonly three stages in the identification of child abuse;

Considering the possibility

Looking out for signs of abuse

Recording of information..

 

Each of these stages is developed in “Children First” (DHC 1999, pages 34-35)

 

Handling Disclosures from Children

“Child Protection” (DES 2001, page 9) gives comprehensive details of how disclosures should be approached. Staffs are advised to deal with each situation sensitively, reassure the child but not to make promises that cannot be fulfilled.

 

The adult should not ask leading questions or make suggestions.  They should explain that further help may have to be sought.  The discussion should then be recorded accurately.

 

The record should include references to what was observed with sketches of physical injury where necessary.  It  should also record when the alleged incident took place.  Records should be kept in a secure place.  The information should then be conveyed to the school DLP.

 

If the reporting person and the DLP are satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for suspicion/allegation, the procedures outlined in “Children First” (DHC, page 38) will be adhered to.  Standardised reporting forms should be used (Appendix 1)  The content of the report should follow the guidelines on page 39 of “Children First”.  The Chairperson of the BoM will be informed before the DLP makes contact with the relevant authorities.

 

Allegations or Suspicions in relation to School Employees 

The Chairperson and the DLP are primarily concerned with the protection of the children in their care.  However, employees must be protected against false and malicious claims

Legal Advice should be sought by the board in relation to the employee.  If the allegation is against the DLP, the BoM Chairperson will assume the responsibility for reporting the matter to the Health Board.

 

Reporting

When an allegation of abuse is made against a school employee, the DLP should act in accordance with the procedures outlined in “Child Protection” (DES, page 11).  A written statement of the allegation should be sought from the person/agency making the report.  A parent/guardian may make a statement on behalf of a child.  The DLP should always inform the Chairperson of the BoM.  The Chairperson will assume responsibility for dealing with the employee.

 

School employees, other than the DLP, who receive allegations against another school employee, should immediately report the matter to the DLP.  School employees who form suspicions regarding conduct of another school employee should consult with the DLP.  The procedures outlined in “Child Protection” (DES 2001, page 16) should be referred to.

 

The Chairperson and the DLP should make the employee aware privately:

 

a.  That an allegation has been made against him/her

b.  Of the nature of the allegation

c.  Whether or not the Health Board or Gardaí has been informed.

 

The employee should be given a copy of the written allegation and any other relevant documentation.  The employee should be requested to respond to the allegation in writing to the BoM within a specified period and told that this may be passed to the Gardaí, Health Board and legal advisors.

 

The Chairperson must take the necessary steps to protect the child and may consult the BoM in this matter.  The BoM may direct that employee take administrative leave with pay and avoid suspension, this removing any implication of guilt.  The DES should be immediately informed.

 

Moynalvey N.S.

Child Protection

 

Kathleen Duffy (DLP)

Designated Liaison Person

 

Maura Dineen (DDLP)

Deputy Designated Liaison Person

 

MOYNALVEY NATIONAL SCHOOL, SUMMERHILL, CO. MEATH

 

Further follow-up procedures should be observed as outlined in “Child Protection Guidelines and Procedures” (page 17)

 

School Measures Taken to Protect the Children in Our Care

There are a number of areas where common sense in our school should prevail in order to protect the children in the school and the staff who care for them.  In relation to this, certain points should be noted:

 

1.      Moynalvey National School will fully implement the Stay Safe Programme.

2.      A copy of the school’s Child Protection Policy, which includes the names of the     Designated     Liaison Person  (DLP) and Deputy DLP, will be made available to all     school personnel and is     readily accessible to persons on request.

3.     The name of the DLP, and other relevant support services are displayed in a prominent position     near the main entrance to the school.

4.    In addition  to informing the school authority of those cases where a report involving a child     in the school has been submitted to the HSE, the DLP shall also inform the school authority of     cases where the DLP  sought advice from the HSE     and as a result of this advice, no report was     made.  At each BoM meeting the Principal’s  Report shall include the number of all such cases and     this shall be recorded in the minutes of the board meeting.

5.      Moynalvey National School will undertake an annual review of its Child Protection Policy     and its implementation by the school.  A checklist, to be used in undertaking the review     (included at Appendix 1). The school has put in place an action plan to address any areas for     improvement which might be identified in the annual review.  The Board of Management     shall make arrangements to inform     school personnel that the review has ben undertaken.  Written     notification that the review has been undertaken shall be provided to the Parents.  A record     of the review and its outcome shall be made available, if requested, to the patron and the     DES.

 

6.    Staff should not be alone in a classroom with one child or detain a child on their     own after school.      In the case of special needs pupils where resource hours and assistance are sanctioned on an     individual basis, it is school policy that staff in such a situation should work with the classroom     door open, thus rendering the occupants visible at all times and where there is an S.N.A., assigned     to the pupil then s/he will remain with the pupil.

7.    When possible children should work in groups

8.    Children with physical disabilities who may require assistance in toiletry matters will be aided by     a Special Needs Assistant who has met the necessary screening requirements when being     employed by the school.

9.    Where the Principal has to speak to a child then the door of the office will be left open.

 

It should be noted that children with disabilities may be more at risk of abuse due         to a number of reasons (see list outlined on page 99 of “Children First     Guidelines”).  Parents, .    teachers and all staff involved in services for children with disabilities need to be familiar with the     indicators of abuse and to be alert for signs of abuse.

 

MOYNALVEY NATIONAL SCHOOL, SUMMERHILL, CO. MEATH.

 

Appendix 1:  Checklist for Annual Review of the Child Protection Policy

 

The Board of Management must undertake an annual review of its Child Protection Policy and the following checklist shall be used for this purpose.

 

The checklist is designed as an aid to conducting this review and is not intended as an exhaustive list.  The BoM may wish to include other items in the checklist that are of particular relevance to Moynalvey National School and reserves the right to do so if/when the needs occurs.

 

1.

 

 

As part of the overall review process, Boards of Management should also assess other school policies,, practices and activities vis a vis their adherence to the principles of best practice in child protection and welfare as set out in the school’s Child Protection policy. YES NO
2. Has the Board formally adopted a child protection policy in accordance with the “Child Protection Procedures Primary and Post Primary Schools” ?

 

YES NO
3.

 

As part of the school’s child protection policy, has the Board formally adopted, without modification, the “Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools” ? YES NO
4. Are there both a DLP and a DLP currently appointed YES NO
5. Are the relevant contact details (HSE and An Garda Síochána) to hand ? YES NO
6. Has the DLP attended available child protection training ? YES NO
7. Has the Deputy DLP attended available child protection training ? YES NO
8. Have any members of the Board attended child protection training ? YES NO
9. Has the school’s child protection policy identified other school policies, practices and activities that are regarded having particular child protection relevance ? YES NO
10. Has the Board ensured that the Department’s Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools are available to all school personnel ? YES NO
11. Does the Board have arrangements in place to communicate the school’s child protection policy to new school personnel ? YES NO
12. Is the Board satisfied that all school personnel have been made aware of their responsibilities under the “Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools” ? YES NO
13. Since the Board’s last annual review, was the Board informed of any child protection reports made to the HSE, or Garda Síochána by the DLP ? YES NO
14. Since the Board’s last annual review, was the Board informed of any cases where the DLP sought advice from the HSE and as a result of this advice, no report to the HSE was made ? YES NO
15. Is the Board satisfied that the child protection procedures in relation to making of reports to the HSE/An Garda Síochána were appropriately followed ? YES NO
16. Were child protection matters reported to the Board  appropriat4ely recorded in the Board minutes ? YES NO
17. Is the Board satisfied that all records relating to child protection are appropriately filed and stored securely ? YES NO
18. Has the Board ensured that the Parents’ Association has been provided with the school’s child protection policy ? YES NO
19.

 

Has the Board ensured that the school’s child protection policy is available to parents on request? YES NO
20.

 

Has the Board ensured that the Stay Safe programme is implemented in full in the school? (applies to primary schools) YES NO
21.

 

Has the Board ensured that the SPHE curriculum is implemented in full in the school? YES NP
22.

 

Is the Board satisfied that the Department’s requirements for Garda Vetting has been met in respect of all school personnel (employees and volunteers)?  * YES NO
23.

 

Is the Board satisfied that the Department’s requirements in relation to the provision of a child protection related statutory declaration and associated form of undertaking has been met in respect of persons appointed to teaching and non-teaching positions?* YES NO
24.

 

Is the Board satisfied that the “Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools” are being fully and adequately implemented by the school. YES NO
25.

 

Is the Board satisfied that the “Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools” are being fully and adequately implemented by the school? YES NO
26

 

Has the Board identified any aspects of the school’ child protection policy and/or its implementation that require further improvement YES NO
27

 

Has the Board put in place an action plan containing appropriate timelines to address those aspects of the school’s child protection policy and/or its implementation that have been identified as requiring further improvement? YES NO
28

 

Has the Board ensured that any areas for improvement that were identified in any previous review of the school’s child protection policy has been adequately addressed YES NO
29 Is the Board satisfied that, from a child protection perspective, through recruitment and selection procedures are applied by the school in relation to all school personnel (employees and volunteers).

 

YES NO

 

 

* In schools where the VEC is the employer the responsibility for meeting these requirements rests with the VEC concerned.  In such cases, this question should be completed following consultation with the VEC

 

MOYNALVEY NATIONAL SCHOOL, SUMMERHILL, CO. MEATH.

 

Ratification of Policy

 

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;    …………………………………………….

 

Signed;     ……………………………….        Signed;  ………………………………………………

Chairperson of Board of Management            Principal

 

Date;    ……………………………….        Date;    ……………………………………………..

 

Date of next review;    January 2015

 

The Board further endorses the Principal, as the school DLP and Deputy DLP.

 

On behalf of the Board of Management.

 

…………………………………..    (Chairperson,    Date;    ………………………………………………

 

 

Notification regarding the Board of Management’s annual review of the child protection policy

 

To;     ………………………………………………….

 

The Board of Management of Moynalvey National School wishes to inform you that;

The Board Meeting of ……………………..

 

This review was conducted in accordance with the checklist set out in Appendix 2 of the Department’s Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools’

 

Signed;    ………………………………………….        Date;    ……………………………………..

Chairperson, Board of Management

 

Singed;    …………………………………………..

Principal                        Date;    ………………………………………

 

MOYNALVEY NATIONAL SCHOOL, SUMMERHILL, CO. MEATH

 

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 and Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools, the Board of Management of Moynalvey National School 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;            Kathleen Duffy

 

3.    The Deputy Designated Liaison Person is (Deputy DLP) is;        Maura Dineen

 

4.    In its policies, practices and activities, Moynalvey National School will adhere to the following principles of best practice in child protection and welfare.

 

The school will;

•    Recognize 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 minimize 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.    This section of the Child Protection Policy should be used to list school policies, practices and activities that are particularly relevant to child protection (e.g., the Code of Behavior/Anti-Bullying Policy, Pupil Attendance Strategy, Supervision of Pupils, Sporting Activities, School Outings/Pupil Work Placements at Post Primary etc.)

 

6.    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.

 

7.    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.

 

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 ……………………………

 

Signed;     ……………………………………    Date;     ………………………….

Chairperson of Board of Management

 

Signed;    ……………………………………    Date;    ………………………….

Principal

 

Date of Next Review;    ………………..

 

 

 

MOYNALVEY NATIONAL SCHOOL, SUMMERHILL, CO. MEATH

APPENDIX A

 

Child Protection Practices.

The staff and BoM of this school have identified the following as areas of specific concern in relation to the Child Protection.  Following discussion and consultation, the staff and BoM have agreed that the following practices be adopted;

 

•    Physical contact between school personnel and the child should always be in response to the needs of the child and not the needs of the adult.

 

While physical contact may be used to comfort, reassure or assist a child, the following should be factors in determining its appropriateness;

 

•    It is acceptable to the child

•    It is open and not secretive

•    The age and developmental stage of the child.

 

School personnel should avoid doing anything of a personal nature for children that they can do for themselves.

 

School personnel should never engage in or allow;

 

•    The use of inappropriate language or behavior

•    Physical punishment of any kind

•    Sexually provocative games or suggestive comments about or to a child

•    The use of sexually explicit or pornographic material

 

All media products (CDs, DVDs etc. should be checked for their appropriateness with regard to age and suitability.

 

Visitors/Guest speakers should never be left alone with pupils.  The school (principal/teachers) has a responsibility to check out the credentials of the visitor/guest speaker  and to ensure that the material in use is appropriate.

 

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 these needs.

•    The staff to be involved in this care will be identified and provision will be made for occasions when the particular staff involved are absent.  A written copy of what has been agreed will be made and kept in the child’s file.

•    Two members of staff will be present when dealing with intimate care/toileting needs.  Any deviation from the agreed procedure will be recorded and notified to the DLP and the parents/guardians.

 

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 of staff familiar to the child.  In all such situations, two members of staff should be present.  A record of all such incidents will be kept and Principal and parents will be notified.

 

 

MOYNALVEY NATIONAL SCHOOL, SUMMERHILL, CO. MEATH.

 

Accidents

While every precaution will be taken under our Health and Safety Statements to ensure the safety of children, we realize that accidents will happen.  Accidents will be noted in our Incident book as part of Health and Safety

 

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 out by Special Needs Assistants will be carried out under the direction of the class teacher in open environment.

 

Attendance

Our school attendance will be monitored as per our attendance policy.  With regards to child protection, we will pay particular attention to trends in non-attendance.  We will also monitor non-attendance in correlation with signs of neglect/physical/emotional abuse.

 

Behaviour

Children are encouraged at all times to play co-operatively and inappropriate behaviour will be addressed under our Code of  Behaviour.  If an incident occurs which we consider to be of a sexualized nature we will notify the DLP who will record it and respond to it appropriately.

 

Bullying

Bullying behaviour will be addressed under our Anti-Bullying policy..  If the behaviour  involved is of a sexualized nature or regarded as being particularly abusive, then the matter will be referred to the DLP.

 

Children travelling in staff cars

Members of the school staff will not carry children alone in their cars at any time.

 

Communication

Every effort will be made to enhance pupil-teacher communication.  If pupils have concerns they will be listened to sympathetically.  The SPHE/Oral Language/RE programmes  allow for open pupil-teacher communication, which is hoped will aid the pupil-teacher relationship.  If teachers have to communicate with pupils on a one-to-one basis, they are requested to leave the classroom door open or request a colleague to attend.

 

Induction of Staff

The DLP will be responsible for informing  all new teachers and ancillary staff of the Child Protection Guidelines and Procedures (DES, 2001 and Children First Guidelines (1999), but particularly the recent published Children First – National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2011).   The DLP will give a copy of the Child Protection Guidelines and Procedures, Chapters 3 & 4 and Appendix 1 of Children First and this Child Protection Policy to all new staff.  All new teachers are expected to teach the designated SPHE objectives for their class.  A member of staff, once trained, will be responsible for the mentoring of new teachers and will be responsible for supporting new teachers as they implement the SPHE objectives.  Moynalvey National School is responsible for ensuring that new teachers know how to fill in the roll book correctly and informing the teacher of record keeping procedures within the school.

 

Induction of Pupils

All parents and children will be made aware of attendance rules and their implications as laid down in the Education Welfare Act (2000).  All parents will be informed of the programmes in place in the school that deal with personal development e.g., RSE, Walk Tall, Stay Safe and SPHE.  All new parents will be given a copy of the school’s enrolment policy, which outlines the procedures parents and children should use when contacting  the school if there are absences or concerns of an educational/personal/family matter.  Parents are encouraged to make an appointment with the class teacher/principal if they wish to discuss their child’s progress.  All parents will be given a copy of the school’s  Code of Behaviour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOYNALVEY NATIONAL SCHOOL, SUMMERHILL, CO. MEATH

 

Internet Safety

It is the intention of the Principal and staff at Moynalvey School to ensure that child protection concerns will be addressed in the school’s Acceptable Use Policy as part of its Information and Communication Technology policy.  The Stay Safe lessons in each classroom will be supplemented with a lesson from theWebwise resource pack recently made available to schools.  There will also be annual meetings during which parents will be invited to attend a session with an invited  speaker to stay abreast of the ever-changing situation regarding internet access.

 

Record Keeping

Teachers will keep records on each child’s reports.  Roll books will be updated daily.  Sensitive information regarding children will be shared on a need-to-know basis.

 

Supervision

The school’s supervision policy will be followed by all staff to ensure that there is comprehensive supervision of children at all breaks.  A rota will be displayed to cover morning and lunchtime breaks.

 

Visibility

Teachers will ensure that children are visible in the school playground.  Children will not be allowed to spend time in the classrooms, toilets or sheds where they would not be under adult supervision.  They are not to leave the school playground or to engage with adults who are outside of the school playground.

 

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MOYNALVEY NATIONAL SCHOOL, SUMMERHILL, CO. MEATH.

 

Appendix B

 

Reporting Form for Child Protection and Welfare Concerns to a Health Board.

 

1.    Date of Report

2.    Name of person reporting

3.    Address of person reporting

4.    Relationship of reporting person with the child concerned

5.    Method of report (telephone call, personal call to office)

6.    Family Details

 

Details of Child Concerned

 

 

Surname

Forename

DOB

Male/Female

Alias (known as)

Address;

 

Correspondence address (if different) ;

 

Telephone number;

 

 

 

7.    State whether you consider your report to indicate (a) suspected or actual child abuse or  (b) need     for family support, giving reasons

 

Physical        Sexual        Emotional

Abuse        Abuse        Abuse        Neglect

 

Suspect                                    

 

Actual                                    

 

8.    Details of other family members/household members

 

Name Age Relationship to Child Employment/School Location
 

 

       
 

 

       
 

 

       
 

 

       

 

In cases of emergency or outside Health Board  hours, reports should be made to An Garda Síochána

 

 

MOYNALVEY NATIONAL SCHOOL, SUMMERHILL, CO. MEATH.

 

9.  Name of other professionals involved with child/ren and/or parents/carers.

 

Public health nurse;

 

School;

 

General Practitioner;

 

Any other agency or professional involved (please describe the nature of any involvement);

 

 

Report Details.

 

10.    Describe, as fully as possible the nature of the problem or incident being reported, giving details of     times and dates of individual incidents, the circumstances in which they occurred, any other     persons who were present at the time, and their involvement.

 

11.    Has any explanation been offered by the child, and/or parents/carers, which would account for the     current problem or incident ? (Details)

 

12.    As far as possible, describe the state of the child/ren’s physical, mental and emotional well-being.

 

13.    If child abuse is being alleged, who is believed to be responsible for causing it ?

 

Include (if known)

 

Name;

 

Address;

 

Degree of contact with child;

 

Degree of contact with other children;

 

14.    Describe (in detail) any risks to which the child/ren in this situation is/are believed to be exposed.

 

15.    How did this information come to your attention.

 

16.    What prompted you to report your concern at this time ?

 

17.    What evidence of harm exists at present ?

 

18.    Are there any factors in the child and/or parents/carers’ present situation, which may have     relevance to the current concern ? (for example, recent illness, bereavement, separation, addiction,     mental health problem or other difficulty)

 

19.    Are there any factors in the child and/or parents/carers’ situation which could be considered     protective or helpful (for example, extended family or community support) ?

 

20.    Has any action been taken in response to the current concern or incident (Details)

 

21.    Are the child’s parents/carers aware that this concern is being reported to the health board ?

 

 

 

MOYNALVEY NATIONAL SCHOOL, SUMMERHILL, CO. MEATH.

 

 

 

22.    Is there a need for urgent protective action at this point ?

 

 

23.    Any other comments.

 

 

 

Signed;        ____________________________________

 

Date;          _________________