Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment (Of any potential harm).

 

List of School Activities.

The School has   identified the following Risk of Harm:

 

The School has the following Procedures in place to address risk identified in this assessment:

Training of school personnel in Child Protection matters.

Risk of harm not being recognised by school personnel or reported promptly and properly by school personnel.

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.

One to one teaching.

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

School has policy in place for one to one teaching.

Open doors.

Table between teacher and pupil.

Glass in window.

Care of Children with special needs, including intimate care needs.

Risk of harm by school personnel while is receiving intimate care.

Policy on intimate care.

Toilet areas.

Inappropriate behaviour of other pupils.

School rules.

Supervision policy, Code of Behaviour.

Toilet Accidents.

Risk of harm by school personnel.

Parents are contacted to come and change.

Failing this, 2 adults will supervise changing.  A note will inform parents of this happening.

Curricular Provision in respect of SPHE, RSE, Stay safe.

Non-teaching of same.

School implements SPHE, RSE, Stay Safe in full.

LGTB Children/Pupils perceived to be LGTB.

Risk due to bullying of a child.

Anti-Bullying Policy.

Code of behaviour.

Daily arrival and dismissal of pupils.

Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision during arrival and dismissal.

Harm from older pupils, unknown adults on the playground.

Arrival and dismissal supervised by Teachers and S.N.A.’s

 

Guidelines for dropping off/collection of children as part of code of behaviour.

Managing of challenging behaviour amongst pupils, including appropriate use of restraint.

Injury to pupils and staff.

Health & Safety Policy.

Code Of Behaviour.

Sports Coaches.

Harm to pupils.

Policy & Procedures in place.

Safeguarding statement and reporting mechanisms in place.

Sports personnel are Garda vetted.

All sports activities are supervised by teachers.

Students participating in work experience.

Harm by student.

Work experience Policy.

Child Safeguarding Statement.

Students are supervised by teachers

Recreation breaks for pupils.

Harm from older pupils,

Unknown adults in the playground.

Breaks are supervised by teachers and S.N.A.’s

Classroom teaching.

Harm by school personnel, other pupils.

School personnel are Garda vetted.

Safe guarding statement.

Teachers follow Code of conduct as outlined by Teaching Council.

Outdoor teaching activities.

 

Harm by school personnel,

Unknown adults in the area.

Appropriate supervision.

Garda vetting.

Sporting Activities.

 

Harm by school personnel, other pupils.

Risk due to inadequate supervision.

Appropriate supervision.

School personnel are Garda vetted.

Sports Code of Conduct.

Code of behaviour policy.

School outings.

 

Harm by pupils,

School Personnel, unknown persons in the area, due to inadequate supervision.

Appropriate adult-child supervision ratio.

Code of Behaviour.

Anti-Bullying.

School Tours/Excursions policy.

Use of areas in schools for changing into sports gear.

Harm by school personnel, other pupils.

Pupils change in a large group in one classroom or individually in classroom toilet.

Annual Sports Day.

 

Harm by school personnel, other pupils, unknown adults in the area.

Adequate supervision.

Fundraising events involving pupils.

 

Harm by other pupils, school personnel and unknown adults.

Adequate supervision.

Use of off-site facilities for school activities.

 

 

Harm by school personnel, other pupils, member of staff from another organisation.

Adequate supervision by school personnel.

Code of behaviour policy.

Anti-bullying policy.

School transport arrangements including use of bus escorts.

 

Harm by school personnel, other pupils, member of staff from another organisation.

Adequate supervision.

Code of behaviour policy.

Anti-Bullying Policy.

Administration of Medicine.

 

 

Administration of First Aid.

 

Risk of child being harmed by a number of school personnel.

 

 

 

  • Administration of medicine policy.
  • Training on how to use Epi-pen.
  • Parents of pupil with medical needs fill out indemnity form.
  • Enrolment form seeks permission to administer first aid when necessary.
  • School Incident/Accident/Injury Policy.

Prevention and dealing with bullying amongst pupils.

Harm by other pupils.

Code of Behaviour.

Anti-Bullying 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, notification system.

 

Risk by :

  • exclusion
  • bullying
  • inadequate supervision

 

 

R.S.E.

Gender equity.

SPHE.

Anti-bullying.

Appropriate supervision.

Recruitment of school personnel including:

  • Teachers including substitute teachers.
  • SNA’s.
  • 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 by school personnel.

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.

 

Policy of Parents / Volunteers.

 

Guidelines for Substitute Teachers.

 

Use of Information and Communication Technology by pupils in school.

 

Risk of harm due to bullying.

ICT policy.

Anti-Bullying Policy.

Code of Behaviour.

Acceptable Use Policy.

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

 

Risk of harm by school personnel.

Other pupils.

Safeguarding statement in place.

Reporting mechanism in place.

Mobile phone Policy.

Adequate supervision.

Student teachers undertaking training placement in school.

Risk of harm by student teacher.

Garda Vetting through colleges

Supervised by teachers

Safeguarding statement

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

 

Risk of harm not being recognised by school personnel or reported promptly and properly by school personnel.

At public events it is announced that “All photographs and/or videos taken by parents/guardians, or visitors are for personal use only and not to be shared on social media sites.”

Permission is obtained from parents on enrolment to take photos that may be used on the school website and these photos may be used in newspapers.

 

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 on 15/03/2018.  It will be reviewed as part of the school’s annual review of its Child Safeguarding Statement.

 

Signed _____________________________________ Date ________________

 

Chairperson, Board of Management

 

 

Signed _____________________________________ Date ________________

 

Principal/Secretary to the Board of Management