Child Safeguarding Statement

St. John’s National School is a primary school providing primary education to pupils from Early Start to Sixth Class.

In accordance with the requirements of the Children First Act 2015, Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017, the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017 and Tusia Guidance on the preparation of Child Safeguarding Statements, the Board of Management of St. Johns N.S. has agreed the Child Safeguarding Statement set out in this document.

  • 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 2017 as part of this overall Child Safeguarding Statement.
  • The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is: CATHERINE COADY
  • The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is: JOE LENNON
  • 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, procedures, practices and activities. The school will adhere to the following principles of best practice in child protection and welfare.The school will
  1. Recognise that the protection and welfare of children is of paramount importance, regardless of all other considerations
  2. Fully comply with its statutory obligations under the Children First Act 2015 and other relevant legislation relating to the protection and welfare of children
  3. Fully co-operate with the relevant statutory authorities in relation to child protection and welfare matters
  4. 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
  5. Develop a practice of openness with parents and encourage parental involvement in the education of their children; and
  6. 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.

The following procedures/measures are in place:

  1. In relation to any member of staff who is the subject of any investigation (howsoever described) in respect of any act, omission or circumstance in respect of a child attending the school, the school adheres to the relevant procedures set out in Chapter 7 of the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017 and to the relevant agreed disciplinary procedures for school staff which are published on the DES website
  2. In relation to the selection or recruitment of staff and their suitability to work with children, the school adheres to the statutory vetting requirements of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 and to the wider duty of care guidance set out in relevant Garda vetting and recruitment circulars published by the DES and available on the DES website
  1. In relation to the provision of information and, where necessary instruction and training to staff in respect of the identification of the occurrence of harm (as defined in the 2015 Act) the school:
  2. Has provided each member of staff with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement
  3. Ensures all new staff are provided with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement
  4. Encourages staff to avail of relevant training
  5. Encourages Board of Management members to avail of relevant training
  6. The Board of Management maintains records of all staff and Board member training
  7. In relation to reporting of child protection concerns to Tusia, all school personnel are required to adhere to the procedures set out in the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017, including in the case of registered teachers, those in relation to mandated reporting under the Children First Act 2015
  8. In this school, the Board has appointed the above named DLP as the ‘relevant person’ (as defined in the Children First Act 2015) to be the first point of contact in respect of the school’s child safeguarding statement.
  • All registered teachers employed by the school are mandated persons under the Children First Act 2015
  • In accordance with the Children First Act 2015, the Board has carried out an assessment of any potential for harm to a child while attending the school or participating in school activities. A written assessment setting out the areas of risk identified and the schools procedures for managing those risks is attached as an appendix to these procedures
  • The various procedures referred to in this Statement can be accessed via the school’s website, the DES website or will be made available on request by the school

Note: The above is not intended as an exhaustive list. Individual Boards of Management shall also include in this section such other procedures/measures that are of relevance to the school in question

  • This statement has been published on the schools website and has been provided to all members of school personnel, the Parents Association (if any) and the patron. It is readily accessible to parents and guardians on request. A copy of this Statement will be made available to Tusia and the Department if requested.
  • This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed annually or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which this statement refers

This Child Safeguarding Statement was adopted by the Board of Management on 07/03/2018

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I am writing to you with information on a pop-up style uniform shop that we’re in the process of organising in hopes that you may pass on this information to the parents of your current students before the end of school term.

Last year we were inundated with requests from local parents for second-hand uniforms for all of the local schools, primary and secondary.

There was a lot of running around and gathering/collecting of items and in order to try to alleviate the pressures of last year for all local parents we have organised this appeal to benefit those who may be struggling in our community.

No child should go without.

We are asking for donations of all kinds of uniform items that may be finished with at the end of this school year.

This includes: Skirts, trousers, jumpers, tracksuits, school shoes, shirts, airtex, runners and school bags.

There will be a box left outside at the Project centre in Ballybrack midweek mornings for anyone who wishes to donate items, or if needed they can contact me directly on loughlinsaira@gmail.com in order to arrange collection of the items.

All items will be washed, pressed and put onto hangers in which we will then host a shop at the project centre in August (date to be confirmed) where parents can come and take whatever they may need, free of charge, no questions asked.

Any left over uniform items from the event will be donated accordingly back to each relevant school for use as spares for students.

 

Please note that this is a completely cost free non-profit project.

 

Thank you in advance for helping us to help the parents and school-going children of the Ballybrack community.

Administration Team

Ma’s Of Ballybrack