Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment

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Written Assessment of Risk of St. Mary’s CBS The Green

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 St. Mary’s CBS The Green.

  1. List of school activities
·         Daily arrival and dismissal of students

·         Mid-morning and lunch time breaks for pupils

·         Classroom teaching

·         One to one teaching

·         One to one counselling

·         Outdoor teaching activities (Field Trips)

·         Sporting activities

·         School outings / trips

·         School trips involving overnight stay

·         School trips involving foreign travel

·         Use of toilet / changing rooms / shower areas in the school

·         Sports day

·         Fundraising events involving students

·         Use of off-site facilities for school activities

·         School transport arrangements

·         Care of students with special educational needs

·         Management of challenging behavior amongst students

·         Administration of medicine

·         Administration of first aid.

·         Prevention and dealing with bullying amongst students

·         Training of school personnel in child protection matters

·         Use of external personnel to supplement the curriculum

·         Use of external personnel to support sports and other extracurricular

activities

·         Care of students with specific vulnerabilities:

–          Students from ethnic minority

–          Members of the travelling community

–          Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) students

–          Students of minority religious faiths

–          Children in care

·         Recruitment of school personnel including –

–          Teachers / SNS’s

–          Caretaker / Secretary / Cleaner

–          Sports coaches

–          Guest speakers

–          Visitors / parents in school activities

–          Visitors / contractors present in school during school hours

·         Participation of students in in religious ceremonies / school

retreats external to the school

·         Use of Information and Communication Technology by students in

the school

·         Application of sanctions under the school’s Code of Behavior

including detention of students, confiscating of phones etc

·         Students participating in work experience outside the school

·         Students participating in work experience in the school

·         Student teachers doing training placement in the school

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

·         After school use of school premises by other organisations

·         Breakfast Club

·         After school study / homework club

 

 

 

 

  1. The school has identified the following risk of harm in respect of its activities –
·         Risk of harm of not being recognized by school personnel

·         Risk of harm of 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 a 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 the child is participating

in out of school activities e.g school trip, swimming, surfing

·         Risk of harm due to bullying of the child

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

·         Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children while attending out

of school activities

·         Risk of harm due to inappropriate relationship / communications between

the 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 due to inadequate Code of Behavior

·         Risk of harm in one to one teaching, counselling, coaching situation

·         Risk of harm caused by a member of school personnel communicating with

students inappropriately via social media, texting, digital device or

other manner

·         Risk of harm caused by a member of school personnel accessing / circulating inappropriate material via social media, texting, digital device or other

manner

 

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

 

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.

 

___Anne O Callaghan___

Secretary to the Board of Management

 

 

___Seán Spillane___

Chairperson to the Board of Management

 

Date:     15/03/2018

 

 

 

 

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