Child Safeguarding-Risk Assessment

 

 

Mandatory Template 1: Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment Template 

Written Assessment of Risk of St. Patrick’s Girls 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 the Written Risk Assessment of St. Patrick’s Girls’ National School.

 

 

1.      List of school activities

 

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

 

 

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

 

Training of school personnel in Child Protection matters 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 Staff to view Túsla training module & any other online training offered by PDST

 

BOM records all records of staff and board training.

The school ensures that all new staff are provided with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement

The school encourages board of management members to avail of relevant training

 

One to one teaching Harm by school personnel

Harm not recognised or reported promptly

 

School has policy in place for one to one teaching in Special Education Policy

Table between teacher and pupil

Uncovered Glass in window

Child Safeguarding Statement & DES procedures made available to all staff

 

Care of Children with special needs, including intimate care needs Harm by school personnel Child Safeguarding Statement

Special Education Needs Policy

 

Toilet areas Inappropriate behaviour

Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children in school

Daily Procedures Policy (All pupils are accompanied to the toilets on the top corridor).No child will ever be on their own with a staff member in the toilet.
Curricular Provision in respect of SPHE, RSE, Stay safe. Non-teaching of same SPHE Policy. SPHE, RSE, Stay Safe in full. SPHE Coordinator ensure that teachers receive resources and are informed of any upcoming courses.

BOM signs off on teaching of Stay Safe programme every year.

LGBT Children/Pupils perceived to be LGBT Bullying Anti-Bullying Policy

Code of Behaviour

 

 

 

 

Daily arrival and dismissal of pupils Harm from older pupils, unknown adults in the school Dismissal supervised by Teachers

Daily Procedures Policy

Parents drop child at bottom of stairs and are not permitted to enter classrooms unless permission is granted by principal.

Managing of challenging behaviour amongst pupils, including appropriate use of restraint Injury to pupils and staff Special Education Policy

Health & Safety Policy

Code Of Behaviour

Sports Coaches/Music Tutor/ Dancing teachers/ Use of external personnel to supplement curriculum Harm to pupils Child Safeguarding Statement.

Health & Safety Policy

Code of Behaviour

Class Teacher is always present

Students participating in work experience Harm by student Child Safeguarding Statement.

Special Education Policy

Health & Safety Policy

Code Of Behaviour

Recreation breaks for pupils Harm to pupils

Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children in school

 

Special Education Policy

Health & Safety Policy

Code Of Behaviour

Classroom teaching Harm to pupils

Inappropriate Curriculum Content

Special Education Policy

Health & Safety Policy

Child Safeguarding Statement

Code of Behaviour

Acceptable Use Policy

School Plans

Long Term Plans

Short Term Plans

Homework club

 

Harm to pupils Health & Safety Policy

Child Safeguarding Statement

Code of Behaviour

Annual Sports Day

 

Harm to pupils Health & Safety Policy

Child Safeguarding Statement

Code of Behaviour

Acceptable Use Policy

Daily Procedures Policy

Fundraising events involving pupils

 

Harm to pupils Health & Safety Policy

Child Safeguarding Statement

Code of Behaviour

Acceptable Use Policy

Daily Procedures Policy

Use of off-site facilities for school activities

 

 

Harm to pupils Health & Safety Policy

Child Safeguarding Statement

Code of Behaviour

Acceptable Use Policy

School transport arrangements

 

 

Harm to pupils

Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children in school

 

Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children while attending out of school activities

Health & Safety Policy

Child Safeguarding Statement

Code of Behaviour

Acceptable Use Policy

Care of any vulnerable pupils, including intimate care where needed

 

Harm to pupils Health & Safety Policy

Child Safeguarding Statement

Code of Behaviour

Acceptable Use Policy

Special Education Policy

Administration of Medicine

Administration of First Aid

 

Harm to pupils

Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children in school

Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children while attending out of school activities

Substance Abuse Policy

Health and Safety Policy

Curricular provision in respect of SPHE, RSE, Stay Safe

 

Harm to pupils SPHE Policy
Prevention and dealing with bullying amongst pupils

 

Harm to pupils Anti-Bullying Policy

Code of Behaviour

SPHE Policy

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

 

Harm to pupils Anti-Bullying Policy

Code of Behaviour

SPHE Policy

Stay Safe Programme

Special Education Policy

Recruitment of school personnel including –

·         Teachers

·         SNA’s

·         Substitue teacher or SNA

·         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

 

Harm not recognised or properly or promptly reported

Risk of child being harmed in the school by volunteer or visitor to the school

Meet with Principal/Deputy Principal before commencement

and Child Safeguarding Statement & DES procedures made available to all staff

 

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

 

Vetting Procedures

 

 

Use of Information and Communication Technology by pupils in school

 

Bullying

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

Acceptable Use policy

Anti-Bullying Policy

Code of Behaviour

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

 

Harm to Pupils Acceptable Use policy

Anti-Bullying Policy

Code of Behaviour

Student teachers undertaking training placement in school

 

Harm to pupils Child Safeguarding Statement & DES procedures made available to all staff

 

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

 

Vetting Procedures

 

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

 

Harm to pupils

Risk of harm due to inappropriate relationship/communications between child and another child or adult

Acceptable Use policy

Anti-Bullying Policy

Code of Behaviour

Use of mobile phones and other ieds by parents working in a volunteer capacity at Parent Group events such as School Disco Harm to Pupils

Risk of harm not being reported properly and promptly to/by school personnel

Risk of harm caused by member of school personnel communicating with pupils in appropriate manner via social media, texting, digital device or other manner

Acceptable Use Policy

Volunteers are not allowed to use mobile phones for personal use in front of pupils at school events.

 

One to One Intervention with outside Agencies Harm to Pupils

Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children in school

Risk of harm in one-to-one teaching, counselling, coaching situation

Express permission needs to be granted by parents/guardians and principal to carry out work within the school setting.

 

 

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 in March 2018.   It shall be reviewed as part of the school’s annual review of its Child Safeguarding Statement and was reviewed on Apirl 1st 2019.

 

 

Examples of activities, risks and procedures

 

The examples listed in this document are provided to assist schools in undertaking their risk assessment under the Children First Act, 2015.  Schools should note that this list of examples is not intended to be exhaustive. It is the responsibility of each school to ensure, as far as possible, that any other risks and procedures that are relevant to its own particular circumstances are identified and specified in the written risk assessment and that adequate procedures are in place to address all risks identified.

 

It is acknowledged that schools already have in place a range of policies, practices and procedures to mitigate the risk of harm to children while they are participating in the activities of the school and that some school activities will carry low or minimal risks of harm compared to others.  In the context of the risk assessment that must be undertaken by schools, the Children First Act, 2015 refers to risk as “any potential for harm”.  Therefore, it is important that, as part of its risk assessment process, each school lists and reviews all of its various activities (which shall include identifying those that may carry low risk of harm as well as those that carry higher risks of harm).  Doing so will help the school to (1) identify, as required under the Children First Act, 2015, any risks of harm that may exist in respect of the school’s activities, (2) identify and assess the adequacy of the various procedures already in place to manage those risks of harm and (3) identify and put in place any such additional procedures as are considered necessary to manage any risk identified.

 

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.