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Child Protection Risk Assessment

Moyne College Ballina

Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment

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 Moyne College.    

  1. List of school activities

1.       Daily arrival and dismissal of students

2.       Recreation breaks for pupils

3.       Classroom teaching

4.       1-1 teaching

5.       1-1 counselling

6.       Outdoor teaching activities

7.       Sporting activities

8.       School outings

9.       School trips involving overnight stay

10.   School trips involving foreign travel

11.   Use of toilet/changing/shower areas

12.   Annual sports day

13.   Fundraising events involving pupils

14.   Use of off-site facilities for school activities

15.   School transport arrangements including use of bus escorts

16.   Care of children with SEN, including intimate care where needed

17.   Management of challenging behaviour amongst students including appropriate use of restraint where required

18.   Administration of Medicine

19.   Administration of First Aid

20.   Curricular provision in respect of SPHE, RSE & Guidance

21.   Prevention and dealing with bullying amongst students

22.   Training of school personnel in child prevention

23.   Use of external personnel to supplement curriculum

24.   Use of external personnel to support sports and other extra-curricular activities

25.   Care of students with specific vulnerabilities/needs such as:

·       Students from ethnic minorities/migrants

·       Members of the traveller community

·       Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) children

·       Students perceived to be LGBT

·       Students if minority religious faiths

·       Children in care

·       Children on CPNS

26.   Recruitment of school personnel including:

·       Sports Coaches

·       External tutors/guests

·       Volunteers/parents in school activities

·       Visitors/contractors present in school during school hours

·       Visitors/contractors present during after school activities

27.   Participation by students in religious ceremonies/instruction external to the school

28.   Use of ICT by students, teachers, administrative staff and SCP staff in the school

29.   Application of sanctions under the school’s Code of Conduct including detention of students, confiscation of phones etc

30.   Students from the school participating in work experience

31.   Student teachers undertaking training placement in school

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

33.   After school use of premises by other organisation(s)

34.   Use of school premises by other organisation(s)during the school day

35.   Breakfast Club

36.   Homework Club/Evening study

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

·       Risk of harm not being recognised by school personnel

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

·       Risk of child being harmed in the school by a member of school personnel

·       Risk of child being harmed in the school by another child

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

·       Risk of child being harmed by a member of school personnel, a member of staff

of another organisation or other person while child participating in out of school

activities, e.g. school trip, swimming lessons

·       Risk of harm due to bullying of child

·       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

·       Risk of harm due to inappropriate relationship/communications between child

and another child or adult

·       Risk of harm due to children inappropriately accessing/using computers,

social media, phones, and other devices while at school.

·       Risk of harm to children with SEN who have particular vulnerabilities

·       Risk of harm to child while a child is receiving intimate care

·       Risk of harm due to inadequate code of conduct

·       Risk of harm in 1-1 teaching, counselling, coaching situation

·       Risk of harm caused by a member of school personnel communicating with

students in an inappropriate manner via social media, texting, digital device

or other manner.

·       Risk of harm caused by a member of school personnel accessing/circulating

inappropriate material via social media, texting, digital device or other manner

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

Risk 1

Yard/Playground Supervision policy to ensure appropriate supervision of children during assembly, dismissal and breaks in respect of specific areas such as toilets and other designated areas.

Risk 2

Yard/Playground Supervision policy to ensure appropriate supervision of children during assembly, dismissal and breaks in respect of specific areas such as toilets and other designated areas.

Risk 3

Policies to ensure that children are able to learn in a safe environment and are protected from any vulnerable situations. Teaching & Learning Policy, Code of Conduct for Staff, Open Door Policy

Risk 4

Policy and procedures for 1-1 teaching activities. SEN Policy. Rooms are equipped with doors that have a glass panels inserted.

Risk 5

Parents are informed in advance of counselling session and will be requested to meet with the counsellor. Policy & Procedures for 1-1 counselling

Risk 6

Policy and procedures in respect of school outings. Supervision Policy

Risk 7

Policy and procedures in respect of school outings. Mobile Phone Policy. Policy & Procedures for the use of external sports coaches.

Risk 8

Policy and procedures in respect of school outings. Mobile Phone Policy. Code of Conduct

Risk 9

Policy and procedures in respect of school outings. Supervision Policy. Code of Conduct. Policy and procedures for administering first aid. Mobile Phone Policy. Critical Incident Management Plan. Relevant Insurance

Risk 10

Policy and procedures in respect of school outings. Supervision Policy. Code of Conduct. Policy and procedures for administering first aid. Mobile Phone Policy. Critical Incident Management Plan. Relevant Insurance

Risk 11

Supervision Policy. Anti-Bullying Policy. Health & Safety Policy. Implements the SPHE Curriculum. Implements the Wellbeing Programme at JC. Code of Conduct. Mobile Phone Policy.

Risk 12

Supervision Policy. Mobile Phone Policy. Code of Conduct. Health & Safety Policy. Policy and procedures for administering first aid

Risk 13

Consent is given by parents for their son/daughter to participate. Fundraising for school requires approval from the local Superintendent. Fundraising for an external organisation/charity requires confirmation of approval of permit and authorisation of same. Supervision policy. Code of Conduct.

Risk 14

Risk assessment of suitability and safety of facilities. Consent is given by parents. Supervision policy. Code of Conduct. Health & Safety Policy. Policy and procedures for administering first aid. Mobile Phone Policy

Risk 15

Supervision Policy. Code of Conduct. Bus company insurance details and safety statement to be presented. Garda vetting of bus drivers to be confirmed by company.

Risk 16

Special Educational Needs Policy. Intimate care policy/plan in respect of students who require such care. 

Risk 17

Code of Conduct. Suspension Policy, Expulsion Policy. Policy for restraining students

Risk 18

Policy and procedures for the administration of medication to students

Risk 19

Policy and procedures for administering first aid.

Risk 20

Full Implementation of SPHE Curriculum & the Wellbeing Programme. Guidance Plan

Risk 21

Implementation of the Wellbeing Programme. Anti-Bullying Policy. Code of Conduct.

Risk 22

All school staff are provided with the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement. Child Protection Procedures are available to all school personnel in electronic format on the school Sharepoint or hard copy in the staffroom. All school personnel adhere to child protection procedures for Primary & Post Primary Schools 2017 and all registered teaching staff adhere to the Children First Act 2015. Staff to avail of training in Child Protection. BOM members are encouraged to avail of relevant training. Records of all staff and board member training is to be kept.

Risk 23

Policy and procedures for the use of external persons to supplement delivery of curriculum.

Risk 24

Policy and procedures for the use of external sports coaches.

Risk 25

School liaises with organisations and support services that are linked to the needs/vulnerabilities identified. Home, School, Community Liaison Policy and Procedures. School will seek additional support from the DES to care for children with specific vulnerabilities/needs, e.g additional supports for EAL children. Implementation in full of the SPHE and Wellbeing programme. Anti-Bullying Policy. Supervision Policy. SEN Policy

Risk 26

Adheres to the requirements of Garda vetting legislation and relevant DES circulars in relation to recruitment and vetting. Policy & Procedures for the use of external sports coaches. Staff are to be present with their own timetabled class when an external visitor/ speaker is present. Contractors/Visitors are to sign in at the office and sign out accordingly. Where practical to do so any works that need to be carried out by an external contractor must be done outside of school hours. Unless in the event of an emergency. In such circumstances contactors must be accompanied at all times by a member of staff.

Risk 27

Consent must be provided by parents in advance. Where a student does not wish to engage in such activity then appropriate supervision must be provided by the school. Supervision Policy. Code of Conduct.

Risk 28

ICT Acceptable Use Policy. Mobile Phone Policy. Code of Conduct

Risk 29

Code of Conduct. Mobile Phone Policy

Risk 30

Policy and Procedures in respect of students of Moyne College undertaking work experience in external organisations. Students involved in LCA/LCVP and PLC courses are only permitted to engage in work experience.

Risk 31

Policy and Procedures in respect of students undertaking work experience in the school. Only student teachers from a recognised teacher training college/programme will be offered work experience.

Risk 32

Only devices that are the property of the school will be allowed to video/record school events. ICT Acceptable Use Policy. Mobile Phone Policy. Data Protection Policy

Risk 33

Organisation must present their own safeguarding statement and risk assessment to the Principal prior to using the school premises. Approval from the BOM. School will ensure that organisation will be offered a room that is visible to the outside and is located close to an external exit and if possible be in view of the school’s CCTV.

Risk 34

Prior approval must be given by the school Principal. Permission will be given if it is relevant to the curriculum and or supports the other programmes that are run in the school. Organisation must present their own safeguarding statement and risk assessment to the Principal prior to using the school premises.

Risk 35

Consent from parents must be obtained. A register of attendance will be kept. Approved personnel that have been vetted can only operate the club. Evidence that personnel operating the club has engaged in Child Protection Training. Supervision Policy. Policy and procedures for administering first aid. Should concerns/disclosures around child protection are to be reported to the DLP.

Risk 36

Consent from parents must be obtained. A register of attendance will be kept. Approved personal that have been vetted can only operate the club. Evidence that personnel operating the club has engaged in Child Protection Training. Supervision Policy.

Policy and procedures for administering first aid. Should concerns/disclosures around child protection are to be reported to the DLP.

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 was adopted by the Board of Management on 8th March 2018.

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