Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment

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Scoil Mhuire Junior

Blakestown,

Dublin 15

Telephone/Fax: (01) 8216916

Email: smjblakestown@gmail.com                             Website : www.scoilmhuirejunior.ie

Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment

Written Assessment of Risk of Scoil Mhuire Junior

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 Scoil Mhuire Junior.    

  1. List of school activities
  • Morning supervision in the event of a teacher absence (see supervision policy)
  • Non School personnel entering /exiting the school through the front Door Usage: (Supervision policy)
  • Children doing jobs/messages outside the classroom (procedure is they go in twos).
  • Daily arrival of pupils (see supervision policy)
  • Daily dismissal of pupils. (risk of harm- duty of care to ensure child goes home with designated parent/guardian)
  • Late daily dismissals. (risk of harm- inadequate supervision/ child at office on own. Procedure- inform office of late collection and child’s presence at the office. Office door left open for adequate supervision. Front door safety procedure followed as usual.)
  • Use of prefabs. (procedure-accompanied by a teacher at all times to provide adequate supervision)
  • Recreation breaks for pupils (supervision policy)
  • Classroom teaching (supervision policy)
  • One-to-one teaching (see procedure)
  • One-to-one counselling (see procedure)
  • Outdoor teaching activities
  • Sporting Activities
  • School outings (see tour policy)
  • Use of toilets when children are in the PE hall (Procedure-send 2 children when using toilet, one to accompany. Use closest children’s toilet ie SEN room.)
  • Annual Sports Day
  • Fundraising events involving pupils
  • Use of off-site facilities for school activities
  • Care of children with special educational needs, including intimate care where needed. (see procedure)
  • Management of challenging behaviour amongst pupils, including appropriate use of restraint where required
  • Administration of Medicine
  • Administration of First Aid
  • Curricular provision in respect of SPHE, RSE, Stay Safe.
  • Prevention and dealing with bullying amongst pupils
  • Training of school 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
  • Recruitment of school personnel including –
  • Teachers/SNAs
  • 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
  • Participation by pupils in religious ceremonies/religious instruction external to the school.
  • Use of Information and Communication Technology by pupils in school(I.T Policy)
  • Application of sanctions under the school’s Code of Behaviour including detention of pupils, confiscation of phones etc.
  • Students participating in work experience in the school (no under 15’s,
  • 16+ Guidelines from Archbishop’s House, Procedures for Teaching Practice and TY Students).
  • Student teachers undertaking training placement in school, Procedures for Teaching Practice and TY Students).
  • Use of video/photography/other media to record school events (see IT policy)
  • After school use of school premises by other organisations  (see club procedures)
  • Use of school premises by other organisation during school day /
  • Summer holidays, at the discretion of the B.O.M.  (Garda vetted only, see clubs procedures.)
  • Use of school premises by other organisation during school day
  • Homework club/evening clubs (see club procedures)
  • Visitors/contractor present in school during school hours- (procedure- they will wear a visitors pass and be accompanied by vetted staff member. Entrance to school always via front door.)

2. 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 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 behaviour
  • Risk of harm in one-to-one teaching, counselling, coaching situation
  • Risk of harm caused by member of school personnel communicating with pupils in appropriate manner via social media, texting, digital device or other manner.

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

  • All school personnel are provided with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement.
  • The Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017 are made available to all school personnel.
  • School Personnel are required to adhere to the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017 and all registered teaching staff are required to adhere to the Children First Act 2015
  • The school has in place an extensive Health and Safety policy ( Policy 6)
  • The school implements in full the RSE & Stay Safe Programme under the SPHE curriculum ( Policy 8)
  • The school has an Anti-Bullying Policy which fully adheres to the requirements of the Department’s Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools ( Policy 7)
  • The school has a Supervision policy to ensure appropriate supervision of children during, assembly, dismissal and yard/breaks and also in respect of specific areas such as toilets, etc. (Policy 4)
  • The school has in place a policy and clear procedures in respect  of School Outings ( Policy12)
  • The school adheres to the requirements of the Garda Vetting legislation and relevant DES circulars in relation to Recruitment and Garda vetting. DES Circular 0031/2016
  • The school complies with the “Teaching Council Professional Code of Conduct for Teachers and Dignity in the Workplace”.
  • The school has a Special Educational Needs Policy   ( Policy 20)
  • The school has an Intimate Care policy/plan in respect of students who require such care (Policy 4: Appendix C & D)
  • The school has in place a policy and procedures for the Administration of Medication to Pupils  ( Policy 10)
  • Encourages staff to avail of all relevant training
  • Encourages Board of Management members to avail of all relevant training
  • Maintains records of all staff and board member training 
  • The school has in place a policy and procedures for the  Administration of First Aid   (See Health and Safety  and see  Policy 10 Appendix 11 Administration of Medication)
  • The school has in place a Code of Behaviour ( Policy 5 ) for pupils
  • The school has in place an ICT policy 14/ Acceptable Usage policy in   respect of usage of ICT by pupils.
  • The school has in place a Critical Incident Management Plan  (Policy 17)
  • The school has procedures in place for the use of External Persons to supplement delivery of the curriculum.
  • The school has in place a policy and procedures for the use of  External Sports Coaches and teaching staff (Clubs Procedures)
  • The school has in place a policy and clear procedures for  One-to-One teaching activities   (Policy 4 Appendix A: Section e)
  • The school has in place a policy and procedures in respect of Student Teacher Placements.
  • The school has in place a policy and procedures in respect of Students Undertaking Work Experience in the school.

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 ………

[date]

.  It shall 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