Child Protection

 

Selskar College Child Safeguarding Statement

Ratified by the Board of Management 7th March 2018

Selskar College is a post-primary & Further Education College providing post-primary and Further Education to pupils from First Year to Leaving Certificate Year and Post Leaving Certificate.

In accordance with the requirements of the Children First Act 2015, Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017, the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Colleges 2017 and Tusla Guidance on the preparation of Child Safeguarding Statements, the Board of Management of Selskar College has agreed the Child Safeguarding Statement set out in this document.

 

  • The Board of Management has adopted and will implement fully and without modification the Department’s Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Colleges2017 as part of this overall Child Safeguarding Statement

 

  • The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Eimear Ryan.

 

  • The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is Peter Nagle.

 

  • The Board of Management recognises that child protection and welfare considerations permeate all aspects of college life and must be reflected in all of the college’s policies, procedures, practices and activities In its policies, procedures, practices and activities, the college will adhere to the following principles of best practice in child protection and welfare:

 

The college will:

  • recognise that the protection and welfare of children is of paramount importance, regardless of all other considerations;
  • fully comply with its statutory obligations under the Children First Act 2015 and other relevant legislation relating to the protection and welfare of children;
  • fully co-operate with the relevant statutory authorities in relation to child protection and welfare matters
  • adopt safe practices to minimise the possibility of harm or accidents happening to children and protect workers from the necessity to take unnecessary risks that may leave themselves open to accusations of abuse or neglect;
  • develop a practice of openness with parents and encourage parental involvement in the education of their children; and
  • fully respect confidentiality requirements in dealing with child protection matters.

 

The college will also adhere to the above principles in relation to any adult pupil with a special vulnerability.

  • The following procedures/measures are in place:

 

  • In relation to any member of staff who is the subject of any investigation (howsoever described) in respect of any act, omission or circumstance in respect of a child attending the college, the college adheres to the relevant procedures set out in Chapter 7 of the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Colleges 2017 and to the relevant agreed disciplinary procedures for college staff which are published on the DES website. 

 

  • In relation to the selection or recruitment of staff and their suitability to work with children, the college adheres to the statutory vetting requirements of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 and to the wider duty of care guidance set out in relevant Garda vetting and recruitment circulars published by the DES and available on the DES website.

 

  • In relation to the provision of information and, where necessary, instruction and training, to staff in respect of the identification of the occurrence of harm (as defined in the 2015 Act) the college-

 

  • Has provided each member of staff with a copy of the college’s Child Safeguarding Statement
  • Ensures all new staff  are provided with a copy of the college’s Child Safeguarding Statement
  • Encourages staff to avail of relevant training
  • Encourages Board of Management members to avail of relevant training
  • The Board of Management maintains records of all staff and Board member training

 

  • In relation to reporting of child protection concerns to Tusla, all college personnel are required to adhere to the procedures set out in the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Colleges 2017, including in the case of registered teachers, those in relation to mandated reporting under the Children First Act 2015.

 

  • In this college the Board has appointed the above named DLP as the “relevant person” (as defined in the Children First Act 2015) to be the first point of contact in respect of the child safeguarding statement.

 

  • All registered teachers employed by the college are mandated persons under the Children First Act 2015.

 

  • In accordance with the Children First Act 2015, the Board has carried out an assessment of any potential for harm to a child while attending the college or participating in college activities. A written assessment setting out the areas of risk identified and the college’s procedures for managing those risks is attached as an appendix to this statement.

 

  • The various procedures referred to in this Statement can be accessed via the college’s website, the DES website or will be made available on request by the college.

           

  • This statement has been published on the college’s website and has been provided to all members of college personnel, the Parents’ Association (if any) and the patron.  It is readily accessible to parents and guardians on request. A copy of this Statement will be made available to Tusla and the Department if requested. 

 

  • This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed annually or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which this statement refers.

 

This Child Safeguarding Statement was adopted by the Board of Management on 7th March 2018.

 

Signed: _________________________             Signed: ____________________________

Chairperson of Board of Management               Principal/Secretary to the Board of Management

Date:     7th March 2018                                   Date:    7th March 2018

Appendix 1: Child Safeguarding Written Risk Assessment

 

 

 

In accordance with section 11 of the Children First Act 2015 and with the requirement of Chapter 8 ofthe Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Colleges 2017, the following is the Written Risk Assessment of Selskar College

 

  1. List of college activities

    • Daily arrival and dismissal of pupils

    • Recreation breaks for pupils
    • Classroom teaching
    • One-to-one teaching
    • One-to-one counselling
    • Outdoor teaching activities
    • Sporting Activities
    • College outings
    • College trips involving overnight stay
    • College trips involving foreign travel
    • Use of toilet/changing/shower areas in colleges
    • Fundraising events involving pupils
    • Use of off-site facilities for college activities
    • College transport arrangements including use of bus escorts
    • Care of children with special educational needs, including intimate care where needed
    • Management of challenging behaviour amongst pupils
    • Administration of Medicine
    • Administration of First Aid
    • Curricular provision in respect of SPHE, RSE
    • Prevention and dealing with bullying amongst pupils
    • Training of college personnel in child protection matters
    • Use of external personnel to supplement curriculum
    • Use of external personnel to support sports and other extra-curricular activities
    • 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
    • Recruitment of college personnel including -
      • Teachers/SNA’s
      • Caretaker/Secretary/Cleaners
      • Sports coaches
      • External Tutors/Guest Speakers
      • Volunteers/Parents in college activities
      • Visitors/contractors present in college during college hours
      • Visitors/contractors present during after college activities
    • Use of Information and Communication Technology by pupils in college
    • Application of sanctions under the college’s Code of Behaviour including detention of pupils, confiscation of phones etc.
    • Students participating in work experience in the college
    • Students from the college participating in work experience elsewhere
    • Student teachers undertaking training placement in college
    • Use of video/photography/other media to record college events
    • After college use of college premises by other organisations
    • Use of college premises by other organisation during college day
    • Canteen provision
    • Homework club/evening study.

 

 

  1. The college has identified the following risk of harm in respect of its activities
    • Risk of harm not being recognised by college personnel
    • Risk of harm not being reported properly and promptly by college personnel
    • Risk of child being harmed in the college by a member of college personnel
    • Risk of child being harmed in the college by another child or adult student
    • Risk of child being harmed in the college by volunteer or visitor to the college
    • Risk of child being harmed by a member of college personnel, a member of staff of another organisation or other person while child participating in out of college activities e.g. college trip, swimming lessons 
    • Risk of harm due to bullying of child
    • Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children in college
    • Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children while attending out of college 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 college
    • 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 behaviour
    • Risk of harm in one-to-one teaching, counselling, coaching situation
    • Risk of harm caused by member of college personnel communicating with pupils in appropriate manner via social media, texting, digital device or other manner
    • Risk of harm caused by member of college personnel accessing/circulating inappropriate material via social media, texting, digital device or other manner.

 

 

 

 

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

 

  • All college personnel are provided with a copy of the college’s Child Safeguarding Statement
  • The Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Colleges 2017 are made available to all college personnel
  • College Personnel are required to adhere to the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Colleges 2017 and all registered teaching staff are required to adhere to the Children First Act 2015
  • The college implements in full the SPHE curriculum
  • The college implements in full the Wellbeing Programme at Junior Cycle
  • The college has an Anti-Bullying Policy which fully adheres to the requirements of the Department’s Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Colleges
  • The college has a supervision roster to ensure appropriate supervision of children during, assembly, dismissal and breaks and in respect of specific areas such as toilets, changing rooms etc.
  • The college has in place clear procedures in respect of college outings 
  • The college has a Health and safety policy 
  • WWETB and Selskar College adheres to the requirements of the Garda vetting legislation and relevant DES circulars in relation to recruitment and Garda vetting
  • WWETB has codes of conduct for college personnel (teaching and non-teaching staff)
  • WWETB and Selskar College complies with the agreed disciplinary procedures for teaching staff
  • The college has a Special Educational Needs policy
  • The college has an intimate care policy/plan in respect of students who require such care
  • The college has in place procedures for the administration of medication to pupils
  • The college –
    • Has provided each member of college staff with a copy of the college’s Child Safeguarding Statement
    • Ensures all new staff  are provided with a copy of the college’s Child Safeguarding Statement
    • Encourages staff to avail of relevant training
    • Encourages board of management members to avail of relevant training
    • Maintains records of all staff and board member training
  • The college has in place a policy and procedures for the administration of First Aid
  • The college has in place a code of behaviour for pupils
  • The college has in place an ICT policy in respect of usage of ICT, including mobile phones by pupils
  • The college has in place a Critical Incident Management Plan
  • The college has in place a Home College Liaison policy and related procedures
  • The college has in place a policy and procedures for  the use of external persons to supplement delivery of the curriculum
  • The college has in place procedures for the use of external sports coaches
  • The college has in place a policy and clear procedures for one-to-one teaching activities
  • The college has in place a policy and procedures for  one-to-one counselling
  • The college has in place a policy and procedures in respect of pupils of the college undertaking work experience in external organisations

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 Colleges 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 college 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 college 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 7th March 2018.  It shall be reviewed as part of the college’s annual review of its Child Safeguarding Statement.

 

Signed: _________________________             Signed: ____________________________

Chairperson of Board of Management               Principal/Secretary to the Board of Management

Date:     7th March 2018                                   Date:    7th March 2018