Child Protection Risk Assessment Sept 2021

List of School ActivitiesRisk LevelThe 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 mattersHighHarm not recognised or reported promptlyChild Safeguarding Statement & DES procedures made available to all staff   DLP& DDLP to attend PDST face to face training All Staff to view online training offered by PDST   BOM records all records of staff and board training   The Board noted a difficulty in carrying out its oversight role in this area due to Data Protection requirements
One to one teachingMedHarm by school personnelAll teachers vetted and trained in Child Protection School has policy in place for one to one teaching Glass window in door of S.E.N. room and staff  and child clearly visible from the corridor Table between teacher and pupil Glass in window
Care of Children with special needs, including intimate care needsHighHarm by school personnelPolicy in place on intimate care
Toilet areasMedInappropriate behaviourToilets in classroom. Usage and supervision policy during class time. At break time, pupil’s access monitored by SNA/ Teacher on yard.
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
Toileting; wetting and soilingHighHarm by school personnelThe school has a  policy in place around changing.
Curricular Provision in respect of SPHE, RSE, Stay safe.MedNon-teaching of sameSchool implements SPHE, RSE, Stay Safe in full
Daily arrival and dismissal of pupilsMedHarm from older pupils, unknown adults on the playground, pick up person unfit to driveArrival and dismissal supervised by teachers from 9am.and at 2.50 pm until all pupils have been collected. 2 staff remain present until all pupils have been collected. H&S policy in place
Managing of challenging behaviour amongst pupils, including appropriate use of restraintHighInjury to pupils and staffRestraint Training to be sought and Policy to be put in place Health & Safety Policy Code Of Behaviour
Sports CoachesMedHarm to pupilsPolicy & Procedures in place. Teacher remains present during all coaching.
Students participating in work experienceLowHarm by studentWork experience Policy Staff supervision in place at all times Child Safeguarding Statement.
Recreation breaks for pupilsHighHarm from peers, bullying, older pupils, adults arriving at schoolTeacher supervision in place, segregated play areas, Code of Behaviour, Anti Bullying code.
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
Classroom teachingMedHarm by school personnelAll teachers vetted and trained in Child Protection  
Outdoor teaching activities  MedHarm by school personnelAll teachers vetted and trained in Child Protection Physical area of lesson defined by teacher. Extra help from S.E.N. teacher/SNA if the activity involves using larger area of school grounds.
Sporting Activities  MedHarm from older pupils, unknown adultsExtra personnel for supervision in place when necessary. Pupils escorted in pairs to toileting areas.
School outings  HighHarm from unknown adultsPolicy in place for school trips. Extra personnel for supervision in place when necessary. Pupils escorted in pairs to toileting areas.
School trips involving overnight stay  HighHarm from school personnel, peers, unknown adultsPupils supervised at all times by own teachers during the day. Pupils in separate accommodation at night with access to supervision.
Annual Sports Day  MedHarm from older pupils, non staff adults/ volunteersSupervision by teachers. Toilet visits in pairs and with permission from own teacher.
Fundraising events involving pupils  HighHarm from older pupils, non staff adults/ volunteers and unknown adultsSupervision by teachers of pupils not in the care of their own parents
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
School transport arrangements including use of bus escorts  MedHarm from bus personnel with regular unsupervised contact.Teachers remain with pupils at waiting area at home time. Buses hired for all school events requiring transport.  Vetting confirmation confirmed by Bus Eireann school bus driver
Administration of Medicine  HighHarm from pupil, school personnelSubstance Use and Administration of medicines policy in place.
Administration of First Aid  HighHarm from school personnel2 vetted adults present. Where tights are involved, the pupil removes her own tights.
Prevention and dealing with bullying amongst pupils  MedBullying   
Use of external personnel to supplement curriculum        MedHarm from non staff adultClass teacher remains in class at all times. Material to be covered reviewed by teacher before presentation/ workshop.  
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/migrantsMembers of the Traveller community Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) childrenPupils perceived to be LGBTPupils of minority religious faithsChildren in careChildren on CPNS  LowBullyingAnti-Bullying Policy Code of Behaviour  
Recruitment of school personnel including – TeachersSNA’sSecretary/CleanersSports coachesExternal Tutors/Guest Speakers Volunteers/Parents in school activitiesMedHarm not recognised or properly or promptly reportedChild Safeguarding Statement & DES procedures made available to all staff   Staff to view Tusla training module & online training offered by PDST   Vetting Procedures sought before employment commences.   Policy of Parents / Volunteers to be put in place
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
Visitors/contractors present in school during school hoursMed Covered by H&S Policy Visiting Contractors section
Visitors/contractors present during after school activitiesMed All After-school activity facilitators have been given the school child protection policy Covered by H&S Policy Visiting Contractors section
Use of Information and Communication Technology by pupils in school  MedBullyingICT policy Anti-Bullying Policy Code of Behaviour
Application of sanctions under the school’s Code of Behaviour including detention of pupils, confiscation of phones etc.  LowHarm from school personnelEvery effort is made to respect the child’s privacy during one to one discussions with the teacher, a pupil will be spoken to in a quieter area of the classroom, with the class present. When there is a necessity for a one to one conversation, another member will be present at a discrete distance.
Student teachers undertaking training placement in schoolLowHarm by student teacherStudent teacher policy in place Staff supervision in place at all times Child Safeguarding Statement.
Use of video/photography/other media to record school events  MedHarm by peers, adults and unknown adultsPolicy on acceptable usage in place. Pupils are not individually identified in photographs or videos
After school use of school premises by other organisations  LowHarm by older pupils, unknown adultsChild Protection Statement given to organisation. Garda vetting required if the activity involves children or vulnerable adults.

Completed at a Board Meeting on the 29th September 2020, via Zoom.

Acting Chairman;  Alan Gilsenan