In March 2018 we ratified a new Child Safeguarding Policy in line with recent legislation and current best practice. 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. As a school we have adopted and will fully implement the Department’s Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools.
In our school the Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is our Principal, Maeve Corish and the Deputy Designated Liaison Person is our Deputy Principal, Susan Clarke. Any child protection concerns relating to students in our school should be given in confidence to the DLP. The guiding principles of our Child Safeguarding Policy are:
- We recognise that the protection and welfare of children is of paramount importance, regardless of all other considerations.
- We will fully co-operate with the relevant statutory authorities in relation to child protection and welfare matters.
- We adopt safe practices to minimise the possibility of harm or accidents happening to children and protect staff from the necessity to take unnecessary risks that may leave themselves open to accusations of abuse or neglect.
- We develop a practice of openness with parents and encourage parental involvement in the education of their child/children.
- We fully respect confidentiality requirements in dealing with child protection matters. The school will also adhere to the above principles in relation to any adult or pupil with a special vulnerability.
We recognise that child safeguarding is the responsibility of all adults in our community and ask parents to co-operate fully with the policy by signing in at the school office when visiting the school for any reason and fully co-operating with requests from staff regarding Safeguarding Procedures.
We welcome feedback from parents on child safeguarding and are always open to suggestions or ideas that may improve our practices.