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 Woodland N.S. has agreed the following child protection policy:
Caitriona Wilson/Evelyn Roche
The school will also adhere to the above principles in relation to any pupil with a special vulnerability.
The Board has ensured that the necessary policies, protocols or practices as appropriate are in place.
This policy was adopted by the Board of Management on: 20th November 2018
Signed: Susan Kenny____ Signed: Patricia Slevin_____
Chairperson of Board of Management Principal
Date: 20/11/2018_____ Date: 20/11/2018______
Date of next review: November 2019
The staff, parents and Board of Management of Woodland NS have agreed this policy in line with the current recommendations and guidelines relating to child abuse prevention and child protection guidelines.
The policy addresses the responsibilities of the school in the following areas:
Procedures– procedures for dealing with concerns/disclosures
Practice-best practice in child protection
A copy of this policy will be made available to all new families, staff, and published on the website. A copy of the DES Guidelines is available in the school. It is incumbent on all staff to familiarise themselves with the guidelines
This policy aims to:
This is catered for in the school’s SPHE programme.
The objectives are:
All staff(Teachers, SNA’s, secretarial, caretaking, ancillary etc.) in this school will follow the procedures for reporting concerns or disclosures as outlined in Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary School based on Children First National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2011. At the beginning of each school year all staff will be reminded of the guidelines. Substitute/Temporary teachers and SNA’s will be given a copy of the Child Protection Policy.
The staff and management have agreed that:
1. Recruitment and Selection of Staff
Correct procedures will be followed in advertising, interviewing and the selection of staff. All applicants will be asked to supply information including personal details, a resume of past and current work/voluntary experience and written references. Verification of references will be sought through verbal contact with the referees. Garda Vetting and Statutory Declaration and Form of Undertaking will be required. Substitute teachers and SNAs will be asked for identification and evidence of qualification.
2. General Conduct
As a general rule any physical contact between school personnel and the child should be in response to the needs of the child and not the needs of the adult. While physical contact can be used to comfort, reassure or assist a child the following should be factors in assessing its appropriateness
3. Toileting/Intimate Care
Normally children with specific toileting needs will have a Special Needs Assistant assigned. The manner in which a child’s needs are to be met will be discussed and agreed prior to the child’s admission to the school.
4. Changing for Games/Swimming
See Appendix 2
5. Supervision of Children
As in the Supervision policy
6. One-to-One Teaching
One to one teaching is provided in rooms where there is a vision panel in the door.
7. Visitors/Guest Speakers
All visitors must report in the first instance to the office.
Visitors /guest speakers will not be left alone with children. It is incumbent on the Board, Principal, Class Teacher to ensure that content/material in use is appropriate and in line with school ethos and policy.
8. Internet Safety
See Internet Use Policy
Links to other policies
SPHE curriculum-Safety and Protection
Code of Discipline
Health and Safety
Internet Use Policy
School Attendance Policy
Parental Volunteers and Swimming Pool
There is a requirement for volunteers to be vetted who have, or may have, unsupervised access to children. As parental volunteers do not and will not have unsupervised access to children at the swimming pool, this will not apply in this instance.
Below is an outline of the procedures in place at the swimming pool.
Normally teachers and volunteers will remain outside the changing rooms. Generally assistance is not required but if there is, two adults (and must be two adults) will enter. The main assistance given is to fix swimming caps, goggles and hair.
At times some children are not comfortable changing in the common changing area. If there are individual changing cubicles available these are used and this area is supervised. Other arrangements may be made for children with special needs.
Each volunteer will receive a copy of this outline.