Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment

 

Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment

Written Assessment of Risk of Caherconlish National School

In accordance with Section 11 of the Children First Act 2015 and with the requirement of Chapter 8 of the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017, the following is a Written Risk Assessment of Caherconlish National School

 

List of School Activities Risk Level The School has identified the following Risk of Harm

 

The School has the following Procedures in place to address risk identified in this assessment
Training of school personnel in Child Protection matters High Risk of harm not recognised or reported promptly Child Safeguarding Statement & DES procedures made available to all staff

 

DLP& DDLP to attend PDST face to face training

All teachers and SNA’s viewed PDST Training Module on Friday 9th March in Caherconlish NS.

 

BOM records all records of staff and board training

One to one teaching Med Risk of child being harmed by a member of school personnel School has procedure in place for one to one teaching

Open doors

Table between teacher and pupil

Glass in window

Care of Children with special needs, including intimate care needs High Risk of child being harmed by a member of school personnel Policy on intimate care and toileting to be completed
Toilet areas High Risk of child being harmed due to inappropriate behaviour School has a supervision policy to ensure appropriate supervision of children to be completed
Curricular Provision in respect of SPHE, RSE, Stay safe. Med Risk of child being harmed or not reporting an incident due to non-teaching of same School implements SPHE, RSE, Stay Safe in full
LGBT Children/Pupils perceived to be LGBT Low Risk of Bullying Anti-Bullying Policy

Code of Behaviour

 

 

Daily arrival and dismissal of pupils Med Risk of harm from older pupils, unknown adults on the playground Arrival and dismissal supervised by Teachers

School has a supervision policy to ensure appropriate supervision of children

Managing of challenging behaviour amongst pupils including appropriate use of restraint High Risk of injury to pupils and staff

 

Health & Safety Policy

Code Of Behaviour
Restraint Policy to be completed

Training for staff to be completed

 

Sports Coaches Med Risk of child being harmed by the coach Policy & Procedures in place for the use of external persons to supplement delivery of the curriculum

The school adheres to the requirements of the Garda Vetting legislation and relevant DES circulars in relation to recruitment and Garda Vetting.

Students participating in work experience Low Risk of child being harmed by the student volunteer Work experience Policy

Child Safeguarding Statement

Recreation breaks for pupils and Sensory Breaks for pupils High Risk of child being harmed by another child due to inadequate supervision
SNA on sensory break with one child
Supervision Policy and procedures in place ( to be completed)
Classroom teaching Low Risk of child being harmed due to bullying Anti-bullying Policy

Code of Behaviour

Outdoor teaching activities

 

Med Risk of child being harmed due to injury or bullying or inadequate supervision Anti-bullying Policy

Code of Behaviour

Yard/Playground Supervision Policy

Sporting Activities

 

Med Risk of child being harmed due to injury or bullying or inadequate supervision Anti-bullying Policy

Code of Behaviour

Yard/Playground Supervision Policy to be completed

School outings

 

High Risk of child being harmed due to injury or getting lost, exposure to unknown adults Policy of School Tours/Outings to be completed

Supervision Policy

Annual Sports Day

 

High Risk of child being harmed due to injury and exposure to unknown adults/spectators

Supervision when pupils using toilet

Supervision Policy procedures in place

Sports Day timetable and procedures adhered to

Fundraising events involving pupils

 

High Risk of child being harmed due to injury or getting lost and exposure to unknown adults School Tour Outings Policy to be completed

Supervision Policy

Use of off-site facilities for school activities

 

 

High Risk of child being harmed due to injury or getting lost and exposure to unknown adults School Tour Outings Policy

Supervision Policy

Administration of Medicine

Administration of First Aid

 

Med Risk of child being harmed due to incorrect administration or dosage
Who is responsible for administering medicine?
First Aid Training

Administration of Medication Policy to be completed

Prevention and dealing with bullying amongst pupils

 

Med

 

Risk of child being harmed due to bullying or inadequate anti-bullying policy/code of behaviour The school has an anti-bullying policy which fully adheres to the requirements of the Department’s Anti Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post Primary schools

School Code of Behaviour in place for pupils

School has a Code of Conduct for school personnel

Use of external personnel to supplement curriculum

 

 

Low Risk of child being harmed by external personnel/inadequate supervision Policy & Procedures in place for the use of external persons to supplement delivery of the curriculum to be completed

The school adheres to the requirements of the Garda Vetting legislation and relevant DES circulars in relation to recruitment and Garda Vetting

Visitors Policy in place

 

Care of pupils with specific vulnerabilities/ needs such as

·         Pupils from ethnic minorities/migrants

·         Members of the Traveller community

·         Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) children

·         Pupils perceived to be LGBT

·         Pupils of minority religious faiths

·         Children in care

·         Children on CPNS

 

Med Risk of child being harmed due to bullying or inadequate curriculum provision/delivery in relation to SPHE, RSE and Stay Safe The school has an anti-bullying policy which fully adheres to the requirements of the Department’s Anti Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post Primary schools

School Code of Behaviour in place for pupils

The school implements in full the SPHE Curriculum including the Stay Safe Programme

 

 

 

Recruitment of school personnel including –

·         Teachers

·         SNA’s

·         Caretaker/Secretary/Cleaners

·         Sports coaches

·         External Tutors/Guest Speakers

·         Volunteers/Parents in school activities

·         Visitors/contractors present in school during school hours

·         Visitors/contractors present during after school activities

Low Risk of child being harmed due to possible signs of abuse not being recognised or disclosures from children  not properly or promptly reported Child Safeguarding Statement & DES procedures made available to all staff

 

Staff to view Tusla training module & any other online training offered by PDST

 

Policy of Parents / Volunteers to be completed

Policy on Visiting Contractors to be completed

 

The school adheres to the requirements of the Garda Vetting legislation and relevant DES circulars in relation to recruitment and Garda Vetting

Use of Information and Communication Technology by pupils in school

 

High Risk of harm due to children inappropriately accessing/using computers, social media, phones and other devices while at school

Risk of Cyber Bullying or exposure to inappropriate material

ICT policy

Acceptable Use Policy

Anti-Bullying Policy

Code of Behaviour

Procedure in place in respect of the usage of mobile phones by pupils

Application of sanctions under the school’s Code of Behaviour including detention of pupils, confiscation of phones etc.

 

Med Risk of harm due to inadequate code of behaviour Supervision Policy and procedure to be completed

Code of Behaviour

Student teachers undertaking training placement in school

 

Low Risk of child being harmed by student teacher
Can they take photos of pupils?
Student Teacher Policy to be completed

Supervision Policy to be completed

The school adheres to the requirements of the Garda Vetting legislation and relevant DES circulars in relation to recruitment and Garda Vetting

Use of video/photography/other media to record school events

 

Med Risk of child being harmed due to a breach of data protection and inappropriate use of images Data Protection Policy to be completed in May 2018

Procedure in Place – Parental permission sought

After school use of school premises by other organisations

 

Low At the moment, no other organisation uses school premises Use of School Premises Policy to be completed

 

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.  The definition of harm is set out in Chapter 4 of the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post- Primary  Schools 2017

In undertaking this risk assessment, the board of management has endeavoured to identify as far as possible the risks of harm that are relevant to this 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.

This risk assessment has been completed by the Board of Management on 27th February 2018.  It will be reviewed as part of the school’s annual review of its Child Safeguarding Statement.

Signed:   julie signature      Date: 27 feb

Chairperson, Board of Management

Signed: pa signature                   Date: 27 feb

Principal/Secretary to the Board of Management

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