St. Conleth’s Secondary School Child Protection Policy

St. Conleth’s College recognises that child protection and welfare considerations permeate all aspects of school life and are reflected in all the school’s policies, practices and activities. Accordingly, in accordance with the requirements of the DES’ Child Protection Procedures for Primary & Post Primary Schools, the Manager of St. Conleth’s has agreed the following child protection policy:

  1. The Manager has adopted and will implement fully and without modification the Department’s Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools as part of this overall child protection policy
  2. The Designated Liaison Person (*DLP) is Dónal ÓDúlaing
  3. The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is Angelina Hopkins
  4. In its policies, practices and activities, St. Conleth’s College will adhere to the following principles of best practice in child protection and welfare: The school will:
    • recognise that the protection and welfare of children is of paramount importance, regardless of all other consideration
    • 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 accusation or 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 relation to any adult pupil with special vulnerability
  5. St. Conleth’s College has put in place a number of policies, guidelines and best practice procedures relevant to child protection. They include the Code of Behaviour Policy; Anti Bullying Policy; Policy on School Tours: PE & Sports Policy; Policy on the Mentoring and Induction of New Teachers; Pastoral Care Policy and the Health & Safety Statement. The Manager has ensured that all relevant policies, protocols, guidelines are in place in respect of the above.
  6. This policy has been made available to school personnel and the Parents’ Association and is readily accessible to parents on request. A copy of this policy will be made available to the DES if requested.
  7. This policy will be reviewed by the Manager once in every school year
  8. This policy was adopted by the Manager, Ann Sheppard,  and the School Principal, Dónal ÓDúlaing, on the 14th of  August, 2017.
  9. Date of next review: February 2018.
  10. NOTE: Signed copy available in the Principal’s Office

CHILD PROTECTION GUIDELINES FOR TEACHERS*

  • If any student should talk to you about a matter involving emotional, physical sexual or any other form of abuse (including neglect) concerning himself/herself or others, you must immediately report the matter to the Designated Liaison Person (DLP) i.e. the School Principal.
  • Similarly, if you are personally concerned about a student and believe that he/she may be the victim of some form of abuse or neglect, (even though no one has said anything to you) you must also report the matter as above.
  • If the School Principal is not available you must inform the Assistant Designated Liaison Person (ADLP) i.e. the Deputy Principal.
  • You should never make a promise to a student that you will keep the matter which was reported to you confidential
  • If you report the matter in good faith to the DLP and it transpires that there is no truth in the matter or it is unfounded, you are protected in law
  • However, if you are told something and you do not report it, you could face criminal proceedings
  • You should never question the person about what she/he tells you (i.e. asking for specific details etc.) This is not your function. Your only responsibility is to report the matter to the DLP.
  • You should not discuss the matter with other teachers or students in the staffroom, the classroom or elsewhere. Nor should you be a party to gossip or rumour mongering.* For full details on the above, see the Department of Education’s  Child Protection Guidelines Document. (also available in the staffroom or from the School Principal)