St. Dymphna’s School Child Protection Policy  


The Board of Management recognises that child protection and welfare considerations permeate all aspects of school life and must be reflected in all of the school’s policies, practices and activities. Accordingly, in accordance with the requirements of the Department of Education and Skills’ Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools, the Board of Management of St. Dymphna’s School has approved the following child protection policy:

The Board of Management 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.

The following key personnel have been identified and received training.
The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Maureen Quinn
The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is Clare Jordon

In its policies, practices and activities, St. Dymphna’s school 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 considerations.
• 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 accusations of abuse or neglect.
• Develop a practice of openness with parents and encourage parental involvement in the education of their children.
• Fully respect confidentiality requirements in dealing with child protection matters.
The school will also adhere to the above principles in relation to any adult pupil with a special vulnerability.
School policies, practices and activities that are particularly relevant to child protection include
· Pupil attendance policy.
· Enrolment
· Code of Behaviour and discipline policy.
· Anti-bullying policy
· Health & Safety
· Administration of medication
· Substance use policy.
· Fire safety policy.
· Acceptable Use of the Internet Policy
· RSE Policy (Stay Safe Programme/Walk Tall programme.

This policy will also be considered with reference to the participation by pupils in sporting activities, other extra-curricular activities and school outings. Other practices and activities, where child protection might have particular relevance, will consider the procedures outlined within this policy. The Board has ensured that the necessary policies, protocols or practices as appropriate are in place in respect of each of the above listed items.
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 Department and the patron if requested.
This policy will be reviewed by the Board of Management once in every school year.

Child Protection Policy Guidance

This document has been drawn up to give direction and guidance to school management and personnel in dealing with allegations/suspicions of child abuse and as a response to changes in legislation over a number of years.
In the interests of the welfare and protection of children, these guidelines must be followed at all times in dealing with allegations or suspicions of child abuse. These guidelines replace the 1991 guidelines that were issued to all primary schools and take account of the provisions of each of the following important pieces of legislation.
• The Child Care Act 1991 • Freedom of Information Act 1997 • The Education Act 1998 • The Data Protection Act 1998 and Data Protection Amendment Act 2003 • Protection for Persons Reporting Child Abuse Act 1998 • The Child Welfare Act 2000
Children First – National Guide dance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2011
The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act

The issue of Child Protection is paramount in St. Dymphna’s School. . This policy deals specifically with the area of abuse. However, the protection, safety and security of the pupils in St. Dymphna’s School is a wider issue and catered for in other school policy documents.
These include
• Health & Safety Policy (review date November 2016) • Supervision Policy • Code of Behaviour & Discipline Policy • Substance Use Policy • Fire Safety Policy • Acceptable Use of the Internet Policy
• Relationships and Sexuality Education policy (specifically Stay Safe Programme/Walk Tall programme- currently under review. • Pupil Attendance Policy
· Administration of medication
· School accident/injury policy
· Arrival and dismissal of pupils
· Intimate care and toileting
· Record Keeping/ Data protection
· Supervision
· Pupil work placements (to be reviewed - December 2017)
· Induction of Staff
· Tours/Trips
· CCTV Policy
· Data Protection policy
· Gardai vetting

References In all instances of suspicion or allegations of abuse or neglect, the following two resource books will be referenced.
“Children First” – Department of Children and Youth Affairs 2011 “Children First – National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2011

Designated Liaison Person (DLP)
The Principal, Maureen Quinn, acts as DLP. Clare Jordon is Deputy DLP. The DLP has specific responsibility for child protection and will represent the school in all dealings with Health Boards, NEWB, Social Services, An Garda Síochána and other parties in connection with allegations of abuse. All matters pertaining to the processing or investigation of child abuse should be processed through the DLP. Further information on the responsibilities of the DLP is included in ‘Child Protection Procedures for Primary & Post-Primary Schools’ (DES Guidelines, 4.2.1 – 4.2.8)


A full copy of our policy is available on request from the school.