Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment

Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment

(of any potential harm)

 

List of School Activities

Risk Level

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

High

Risk of harm not being properly and promptly recognised 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

CPD ongoing when applicable and necessary.

BOM records all records of staff and board training

One to one teaching

High

Risk of harm in one to one teaching.

Risk to harm  children with SEN who have particular vulnerabilities.

Limited individual teaching

Viewing window on doors /teaching visible.

 

Care of Children with special needs, including intimate care needs

High

Risk of harm while a child is receiving intimate care

.

Policy on intimate care.1 school personnel unless stated otherwise with parental permission

2 school personnel where possible to supervise with toileting. Record sheet to be kept in ASD Room and relevant classrooms.

Toilet areas

High

Inappropriate behaviour may cause risk of harm in school by another child. Inadequate supervision.

Usage and supervision policy. Toilets in classroom upstairs – max  2 pupils

Children go alone to toilets unless  supervision is necessary

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

Med

Non-teaching of same

Risk of harm not being recognised by personnel

School implements SPHE, RSE, Stay Safe in full

In multi-class the lower level programme is taught.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Daily arrival and dismissal of pupils

Med

Harm from older pupils, unknown adults on the playground

Arrival and dismissal supervised by Teachers

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

High

 

Risk of harm to pupils

Specific behaviour plans for pupils identified with needs already in place and new plans formulated as needs arise .NCSE advisors visited the school 26th November re discussion and support for staff re pupils with challenging behaviour. MAPA training to be organised with Board approval for September.

Health & Safety Policy.

Code Of Behaviour

ASD Policy.

Child Lifting Training completed August 2019 for all staff.

Sports Coaches

Med

Risk of harm in the school in a coaching situation.

Policy & Procedures in place. Always Supervision by staff. Garda Vetted.

Students participating in work experience

Low

Risk of harm in the school by a person on work placement

Work experience Policy was ratified by the Board 3rd December, 2019

Child Safeguarding Statement. Garda Vetted

Recreation breaks for pupils

High

Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children in school.

Supervision at all breaks.

Gate closed during breaks.

Supervision policy.

All Pupils entering and exiting same doors and supervised return to class.

 

Classroom teaching

Med

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

Code of Behaviour Policy.

Garda Vetting of all staff.

 

Outdoor teaching activities

 

High

Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision.

1 members of staff to supervise outdoor teaching in school yard.  2 Staff member to supervise outside of school grounds or 1 Staff member and vetted parent where applicable i.e Coach. Included in Health & Safety Policy. School mobile Phone available. 

 

Sporting Activities

 

High

Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision.

Health & Safety Policy

2 Staff members and /or parents who are Garda Vetted attend event.-depending on class numbers and type of  event

 

 

 

After School/Breakfast Club

 

Med

Risk of child being harmed by after school personnel.

All Staff Garda Vetted through Afterschool

Management. After school Breakfast Club policy was reviewed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

List of School Activities

Risk Level

The School has   identified the following Risk of Harm

 

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

School outings

 

High

Risk of harm by other person while participating in out of school activities.

Policy – Staff Supervision/ school Tour Policy.

Use of changing facilities

 

High

Risk of harm by school personnel or other person while participating in out of school activities.

In school risk of harm by school personnel.

Outside:  children use available facilities under adult Supervision.

Inside School: Children use facilities under Adult Supervision.  Adults remain at changing room door unless assistance requested.

Swimming Classes

High

Risk of harm by other person while participating in swimming lessons/ changing rooms.

Swimming Policy /All instructors Garda Vetted. Teachers Supervision.

Annual Sports Day

 

High

Risk of harm by due to inadequate supervision of children

Supervision by Staff (All Garda Vetted)

Fundraising events involving pupils

 

Med

Risk of harm by other persons visiting the school or while children participating in out of school activities

Parents Association to be Garda Vetted for September 2020

Staff Supervision. B.O.M to be  Garda Vetted

Use of off-site facilities for school activities

 

 

Med

Risk of harm by a member of staff or other person.

Staff Supervision at all times. School Mobile Phone.

All Staff Garda Vetted.

School transport arrangements including use of bus escorts

 

 

Med - High

Risk of harm by personnel and other persons.

Appropriate Supervision, Garda Vetting. Transport policy to formulated when necessary.

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

Administration of Medicine

 

 

Administration of First Aid

 

Med – High

 

 

High

Risk of harm by school personnel. Over medicating by pupil.

 

 

 

Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children in school/ lack of proper administration of First Aid in an emergency

Administration of Medicine  Policy and Procedures,

Parental written permission. Record Sheet provided  in each class. Parents contacted if case is serious or if any queries.

More staff trained in the administration of medicine with regards to epilepsy September 2019

 

Adult Supervision  of First Aid treatment

First Aid Policy. Parents contacted re any bang/bump to child’s head. First Aid training to be organised for all Staff again.

Staff trained in child lifting and First aid on August 30th 2019 by Optimal training

 

Prevention and dealing with bullying amongst pupils

 

High

Risk of harm due to bullying of child by  another or risk of harm to pupils with SEN who have particular vulnerabilities.

School Post Box, Assembly,

Friendship Week/ Buddy System ,

Anti-Bullying posters/ School Motto Policy. Play Therapy ,  Roots of Empathy

Staff monitoring .New Well being initative is being implemented since September 2019.

Training of school personnel in child protection matters

 

Low

 

Staff completed Child Protection Tusla course on line.

Copies of procedures and Child Protection given to all staff. DLP & DDLP to attend new training when available completed 2019.  New Training to be offered to BOM when available.

Use of external personnel to supplement curriculum

 

Med

Risk of harm by other persons visiting the school.

 

Staff Supervision,  Garda Vetting , and ID.

 

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

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

 

Med

Risk of harm not being recognised by school personnel or being harmed by another child. Risk of Bullying and exclusion.

Promotion of inclusiveness Code of Behaviour/Anti Bullying Policy/Child Protection Policy.

Post box for any pupils to communicate any problems Constant encouragement to respect everyone.

Monitoring by staff if there are any issues.

School Motto  ”Give Respect get Respect”

School assemblies

Roots of Empathy

Weaving Well being

Social Stories

Recruitment of school personnel including -

  • 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

 

Med / High

Risk of child being named on school by school personnel or other persons, volunteers or visitors to school.

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

Careful selection of suitable candidates.

Visitors Policy/Work Experience Policy.

All contract work mainly carried out outside school hours.

Any in school contract work under supervision by person in Office.

 

Use of school premises by other organisation during school day

 

Low

Risk of child being harmed by other persons visiting the school.

 

Garda Vetting/ Supervision

 

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

Use of Information and Communication Technology by pupils in school

 

High

Risk of harm to pupils accessing/circulating inappropriate material via social media , texting, digital device or other manner.

ICT policy

Internet Usage Policy.

Anti-Bullying Policy

Code of Behaviour

Internet Safety Workshop/May 2020 Children & Parents.

CPD for Staff

Supervision  when using ICT equipment

Pupils not allowed Mobile phones in school

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

 

Med

Risk of harm due to inadequate Code of Behaviour  or not following procedure of Code of Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Policy.

Code of Behaviour signed by parents after review. Reviewed annually.

Assembles often re Code of conduct.

Restorative practices for bullying firstly.

All Staff to be familiar with procedures.

Students participating in work experience in the school

 

Med

Risk of harm by people on work experience.

Vetted by College and Supervised by Staff.

Placement Policy.

Student teachers undertaking training placement in school

 

Med

Risk of harm by trainee teachers.

Vetted by College and Supervised by Staff. Relevant policies in a pack being given to each student teacher on arrival to school e.g Code of Behaviour , child protection statement, anti- bullying policy, homework policy,Work Experience Policy.

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

Use of I.T. by the public to record pupils without school permission.

 

High

 

 

 

High

Risk of harm by school /other persons.

Personnel accessing circulating inappropriate material via social media, texting, digital device or other manner. 

 

 

 

Harm to Pupil

School equipment to be used generally – September 2018 was reviewed and updated.

 

 

Parental permission sought yearly. Adults also discouraged from uploading school based content to social media

 

Visitors Policy.

After school use of school premises by other organisations

 

Low

Harm to Pupil

Pupil using “After School “ facilities are Supervised.

 

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 _______________  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

 

 

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