Child Safeguarding-Risk Assessment 2020

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 mattersHarm 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 teachingHarm 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 needsHarm by school personnelChild Safeguarding Statement Special Education Needs Policy  
Toilet areasInappropriate behaviour Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children in schoolDaily 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 sameSPHE 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 LGBTBullyingAnti-Bullying Policy Code of Behaviour     
Daily arrival and dismissal of pupilsHarm from older pupils, unknown adults in the schoolDismissal supervised by Teachers Daily Procedures Policy Parents drop child at the main door and are not permitted to enter the building unless permission is granted by principal.
Managing of challenging behaviour amongst pupils, including appropriate use of restraintInjury to pupils and staffSpecial Education Policy Health & Safety Policy Code Of Behaviour
Sports Coaches/Music Tutor/ Dancing teachers/ Use of external personnel to supplement curriculumHarm to pupilsChild Safeguarding Statement. Health & Safety Policy Code of Behaviour Class Teacher is always present
Students participating in work experienceHarm by studentChild Safeguarding Statement. Special Education Policy Health & Safety Policy Code Of Behaviour
Recreation breaks for pupilsHarm to pupils Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children in school  Special Education Policy Health & Safety Policy Code Of Behaviour
Classroom teachingHarm to pupils Inappropriate Curriculum ContentSpecial 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 pupilsHealth & Safety Policy Child Safeguarding Statement Code of Behaviour
Annual Sports Day  Harm to pupilsHealth & Safety Policy Child Safeguarding Statement Code of Behaviour Acceptable Use Policy Daily Procedures Policy
Fundraising events involving pupils  Harm to pupilsHealth & Safety Policy Child Safeguarding Statement Code of Behaviour Acceptable Use Policy Daily Procedures Policy
Use of off-site facilities for school activities    Harm to pupilsHealth & 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 activitiesHealth & Safety Policy Child Safeguarding Statement Code of Behaviour Acceptable Use Policy
Care of any vulnerable pupils, including intimate care where needed  Harm to pupilsHealth & 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 activitiesSubstance Abuse Policy Health and Safety Policy
Curricular provision in respect of SPHE, RSE, Stay Safe  Harm to pupilsSPHE Policy
Prevention and dealing with bullying amongst pupils  Harm to pupilsAnti-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 pupilsAnti-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 schoolMeet 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 schoolAcceptable Use policy Anti-Bullying Policy Code of Behaviour Email Etiquette Policy  
Application of sanctions under the school’s Code of Behaviour including detention of pupils, confiscation of phones etc.  Harm to PupilsAcceptable Use policy Anti-Bullying Policy Code of Behaviour
Student teachers undertaking training placement in school  Harm to pupilsChild 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 adultAcceptable Use policy Anti-Bullying Policy Code of Behaviour
Use of mobile phones and other I.E.D.s by parents working in a volunteer capacity at Parent Group events such as School DiscoHarm 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 mannerAcceptable 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 AgenciesHarm to Pupils Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children in school Risk of harm in one-to-one teaching, counselling, coaching situationExpress permission needs to be granted by parents/guardians and principal to carry out work within the school setting.
Distance Learning while school is closed for exceptional reasons (Covid 19 Virus) and contact with children shut due to Virus – and guiding learning through responsible social distancing.Harm to Pupils Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children on I.E.Ds (Internet Enabled Devices) for accessing school work. Risk of harm in one-to-one teaching, phone call, counselling or coaching situation  GDPR protection of contacts of the school community-Official Staff Emails to be used to convey school information, planning and resources between teachers. Email Etiquette Policy between staff Website and Textaparent used to communicate with parents and pupils. Teachers will endeavour to check and use reputable websites for assigned work. DES Guidance on Distance Learning HSE Guidelines on Social Distancing Acceptable Use Policy-As per policy, Phone numbers are blocked for contacting pupils. Staff are not permitted to give own phone numbers or personal contact details to parents or pupils. Decision made at staff meeting on when to make contact with pupils via phone call.  
Emailing the teacherHarm to Pupils Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children on I.E.Ds (Internet Enabled Devices) for accessing school work. Risk of harm in one-to-one teaching, phone call, counselling or coaching situationDuring the Covid 19 closure, pupils will use their parents’ email account to contact their class teacher or learning support teacher. The email accounts are as follows 1stclass@stpatricksgirls.net 2ndclass@stpatricksgirls.net 3rdclass@stpatricksgirls.net 4thclass@stpatricksgirls.net 5thclass@stpatricksgirls.net 6thclass@stpatricksgirls.net learningsupport@stpatricksgirls.net Initally, pupils will email one piece of work to the class teacher per week. They may also use this email address to contact the teacher with a question relating to work. Two teachers will monitor this email account-Either the Class teachers or the class teacher and a learning support teacher. (Updated May 19th 2020)  
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.

Reviewed  14/09/2020

This risk assessment has been completed by the Board of Management on 14th September 2020. It will be reviewed as part of the school’s annual

review of its Child Safeguarding Statement.

Signed _____________________________________ Date ________________

Acting Chairperson, Board of Management

Signed _____________________________________ Date ________________

Principal/Secretary to the Board of Management