Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment

Kilmacanogue National School Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment

(of any potential harm)

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 Harm not recognised or reported promptly Child Safeguarding Statement and Risk Assessment & DES procedures made available to all staff

DLP& DDLP to attend PDST face to face training

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

BOM given Child Protection Procedures (DES)

BOM to record all records of staff and board training

Employment of any new staff Med Harm not recognised or reported promptly Follow Garda Vetting Circular 31/16

Statutory Declaration and Form of Undertaking signed

New Staff given copy of Child Protection Safety Statement and Risk Assessment

Signed confirmation that Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children and Children First Act 2015 have been read

One to one teaching Med Harm by school personnel

Rooms not suitable for teaching

Open doors or glass panels in doors

Table between teacher and pupil, where possible and appropriate

Care of children with special needs, including intimate care needs High Harm by school personnel

Toileting

Toileting guidelines

Health and Safety

Specific toilet for children with special needs

Toilet areas High Inappropriate behaviour

 

Supervision policy
Curricular Provision in respect of SPHE, RSE, Stay safe. Med Non-teaching of same

 

 

 

School implements SPHE, RSE, Stay Safe Programme in full
 

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

Managing of challenging behaviour amongst pupils, including appropriate use of restraint Low Injury to pupils and staff Health & Safety Policy

Code Of Behaviour Policy

Daily arrival and dismissal of pupils Med Harm from other pupils

Unknown adults in attendance

Traffic on avenue

Supervision Policy Teachers/SNAs

Health & Safety Policy

Recreation breaks for pupils High Injury to pupils/Bullying

Harm not recognised or properly and promptly reported

Supervision Policy

Health & Safety Policy

Code Of Behaviour Policy

Two minders with high vis jackets supervised by teachers accompany children from yard to toilets/office

 

Classroom teaching/outdoor teaching High Inappropriate comments

Lack of respect for individuals

 

Code of Behaviour

Anti-Bullying Policy

Health and Safety

Code of Professional Conduct 2016 (Teaching Council)

Sporting Activities

 

High Inappropriate comments

Inappropriate physical contact

Health and Safety

Code of Behaviour

Code of Professional Conduct 2016 (Teaching Council)

Choir Med Lack of respect

Bullying

Code of Behaviour

Supervision Policy

Anti-Bullying Policy

Coaches to/from various activities/tours High Harm to pupils from other pupils

Harm not recognised or properly and promptly reported

Harm to pupils by others

Code of  Behaviour

Health and Safety

Supervision Policy

School Tour Policy

Garda vetted teachers and other adults present

 

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

Students/Adults participating in work experience Med Harm to pupils Garda Vetted

Child Safeguarding Statement and Risk Assessment given to individuals

At all times under supervision

Student teachers on teacher-practice placement Med Harm to pupils Garda Vetted

Child Safeguarding Statement and Risk Assessment given to individuals

Volunteers/Parents Med Harm to pupils Garda Vetted

Liaise with School Principal on all activities involving the school building and children and any concerns

Child Safeguarding Statement available to and read by volunteers

Health and Safety Policy/Code of Behaviour Policy available to and read by volunteers

Administration of First Aid High Harm to pupils

Inappropriate comments

Inappropriate physical contact

Health and Safety Policy

Code of Professional Conduct 2016 (Teaching Council)

Appropriate training of staff who administer or may administer First Aid

Administration of Medicine

 

High Harm to pupils

Inappropriate comments

Inappropriate physical contact

Incorrect administration of medication

 

Health and Safety

Code of Professional Conduct 2016 (Teaching Council) Policy on Diabetes

Appropriate training of staff who administer or may administer any medical treatment

Administration of Medication

Yard duty carried out by teachers High Harm to pupils Health and Safety Policy

Log book to detail any concerns

Teachers and SNAs on duty at all times during break-times, inside, if raining, and outside

Supervision Policy

 

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

Prevention and dealing with bullying amongst pupils Med Harm to pupils from other pupils Code of Behaviour

Anti-Bullying Policy

AUP

Use of Information and Communication Technology by pupils in school and at home (where it compromises school life) High Bullying

Staff not following policies & procedures

ICT policy

Anti-Bullying Policy

Code of Behaviour

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

 

Med Harm to pupils

Sharing information over social media

Parents sign permission slip allowing appropriate use of child’s image/work on media sites/magazines recognised by the school

Parents informed regularly through various correspondence not to post videos/images on social media

Use of (ICT) Information and Communiciation Technology Med School personnel unaware of/not following policies and procedures

Bullying

Inappropriate use of images/language

ICT Policy

Anti-Bullying Policy

Code of Behaviour Policy

Visitors to the school High Harm to pupils Intercom security in place at school entrance

Visitors report to office

Visitors sign in and out at school office as required

Supervised throughout visit

Children going on messages throughout the school High Harm to pupils Go in pairs

Report back to teacher/office/Principal

Teachers on yard duty taking their break or out of the room for any reason High Harm to pupils Supervision Policy

Teacher informs nearest class teacher to keep an eye on his/her class

Door left open

Two supervised ‘minders’ in classroom as required

 

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 as outlined below:

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(a) 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 (b) 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;” “ill-treatment” means, in relation to a child, to abandon or cruelly treat the child, or to cause or procure or allow the child to be abandoned or cruelly treated; “neglect” means, in relation to a child, to deprive the child of adequate food, warmth, clothing, hygiene, supervision, safety or medical care; “welfare” includes, in relation to a child, the moral, intellectual, physical, emotional and social welfare of the child.

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 21-3-2018.  It will be reviewed as part of the school’s annual review of its Child Safeguarding Statement.

Signed:   Judy O’Toole     (Chairperson)

Signed:   Niamh Murray     (Principal)

Date: 21-3-2018