St Clares Primary School

Education is for Life

Child Safeguarding 2018

Child Safeguarding – Assessment of Risk of St Clare’s P.S.  March 5th 2018 .


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 the Written Risk Assessment of St. Clare’s PS on March 6th 2018.   


  1. List of school activities
All the following school activities were reviewed from a CP standpoint within the context of our school.

·                     Daily arrival and dismissal of pupils

·                     Recreation breaks for pupils

·                     Classroom teaching

·                     One-to-one teaching

·                     One-to-one counselling

·                     Outdoor teaching activities

·                     Sporting Activities

·                     School outings

·                     School trips involving overnight stay

·                     School trips involving foreign travel

·                     Use of toilet/changing/shower areas in schools

·                     Provision of residential facilities for boarders 

·                     Annual Sports Day

·                     Fundraising events involving pupils

·                     Use of off-site facilities for school activities

·                     School transport arrangements including use of bus escorts

·                     Care of children with special educational needs, including intimate care where needed,

·                     Care of any vulnerable adult students, including intimate care where needed

·                     Management of challenging behaviour amongst pupils, including appropriate use of restraint where required

·                     Administration of Medicine and /or First Aid


·                     Curricular provision in respect of SPHE, RSE, Stay Safe

·                     Prevention and dealing with bullying amongst pupils

·                     Training of school personnel in child protection matters

·                     Use of external personnel to supplement curriculum

·                     Use of external personnel -sports and other extra-curricular activities

Recruitment of school personnel including –

–          Volunteers/Parents

–          Visitors/contractors present in school during school hours


·                     Participation by pupils in religious ceremonies/religious instruction external to the school   (e.g Alter servers  )

·                     Use of Information and Communication Technology by pupils in school

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

·                     Students participating in work experience in the school

·                     Students from the school participating in work experience elsewhere

·                     Student teachers undertaking training placement in school

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

·                     After school use of school premises by other organisations

·                     Use of school premises by other organisation during school day


  1. The school has identified the following risk of harm in respect of its activities –

1.Mobile Phones and devices in childrens possession.

2. Dismissal times when children not collected and supervision pre/post school times.

3.Trips and Outings when children are in the charge of personnel other than school staff

4.School Swimming Programme .

5.Strangers entering the school grounds while children present.

6.TY students and other placements who are not up to full professional recognition level .

7.Staff use of personal phones for school business ( Phone calls ,Whats App , Photos , videos etc…

8.Involvement of volunteer parents / grandparents etc…


 The school has the following provisional procedures in place to address the risks of harm identified in this assessment –

1.Change in mobile phone policy to ensure no mobile phones or photographic internet devices are allowed at any time at school or at school events or outings. They must be powered off at all times.

2.Staff should contact guards if left in a situation where a pupil is left uncollected after school times / school outings return time. Open phone line to a colleague as a protection measure if possible also.

  1. One mandated person per every group at outings necessary
  2. Swimming Programme suspended until new arrangements can be made for dedicated dressing rooms for pupils attending lessons.
  3. Signage advising strangers to stay off school property during school times or while children are present.
  4. Checklist to be devised for TY and visiting placements outlining CP requirements.
  5. Staff not allowed use personal phones for school use without explicit BOM permission.
  6. Full Vetting procedure to be started for parents and grandparent volunteer helpers.
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 06-03-2018.  It shall be reviewed as part of the school’s annual review of its Child Safeguarding Statement.


Signed _____________________________________ Date ________________


Chairperson, Board of Management


Signed _____________________________________ Date ________________


Principal/Secretary to the Board of Management


 Child Safeguarding Statement.

St Clare’s PS provides primary education to pupils 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 Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017 and Tusla Guidance on the preparation of Child Safeguarding Statements, the Board of Management of [insert school name] has agreed the Child Safeguarding Statement set out in this document.


  • 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 2017 as part of this overall Child Safeguarding Statement


  • The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is         John Conlon


  • The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP is Stephanie Kelly 


( In the event of the absence of both of the above the Assistant Principal Ms. Fidelma Fox may act as DLP)


  • 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, procedures, practices and activities In its 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 matters
  • 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;
  • 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.

  • The following procedures/measures are in place:


  • 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 DES website.


  • 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
  • Ensures all new staff are provided with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement
  • Encourages staff to avail of relevant training
  • Encourages Board of Management members to avail of relevant training
  • The Board of Management maintains records of all staff and Board member training


  • In relation to reporting of child protection concerns to Tusla, 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 abovenamed DLP as the “relevant person” (as defined in the Children First Act 2015) to be the first point of contact in respect of the s child safeguarding statement.


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


  • In accordance with the Children First Act 2015, the Board 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 attached as an appendix to these procedures.


  • 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.



  • This statement has been published on the school’s website and has been provided to all members of school personnel, the Parents’ Association (if any) and the patron. It is readily accessible to parents and guardians on request. A copy of this Statement will be made available to Tusla and the Department if requested. 



  • 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 Board of Management on March 6th 2018..