Child Protection Procedures
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Child Protection Policy of St. Jarlath’s College, Tuam, Co. Galway.
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 School’, the Board of Management of St. Jarlath’s College has agreed the following child protection policy:
1. 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.
2. The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Mr. John Kelly
3. The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is Ms. Brighid Cannon
4. In its policies, practices and activities, St. Jarlath’s College will adhere to the following principles of best practice in child protection and welfare:
- 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 that involves consulting them about issues that concern their children, and encouraging them to get involved with the school wherever possible.
- The school will also adhere to the above principles in relation to any adult pupil with a special vulnerability.
5. St. Jarlath’s College recognises that the protection of children extends into every area of school life and reflects this care and concern in its Code of Behaviour, its Anti-Bullying policy, its Relationships and Sexuality Education policy, its Social, Personal and Health Education programme, its Special Educational Needs policy, its Health and Safety Policy, and its protocols governing the care of students in such school activities as games and other extra-curricular programmes; medical emergencies, detention and other aspects of school life, copies of all of which are either attached to this document or available for inspection at the school office. We furthermore pursue the safeguarding and welfare of children through our system of pastoral care, implemented through Student Monitors, Class Tutors, Year Heads, the Guidance Counsellor, the Chaplain and the Student Welfare Officer. The students are formally represented in school by the elected Student Council which is supported and supervised by a teaching staff member. Our communication with parents is conducted both on an individual basis and through our Parents Association, which is regularly briefed on the deliberations of the Board of Management and on the conduct of the school in general and which advises the school management regarding the same. School management is, however, always available to meet with individual parents and/or students at the shortest notice in the event of any concern.
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 department and the patron if requested.
7. This policy will be reviewed by the Board of Management once in every school year.
This policy was adopted by the Board of Management on 20th September, 2013
Signed: PADDY BOYLE Signed: John Kelly
Chairperson, Board of Management Principal
Date: 20.09.13 Date: 20.09.13
Date of next review: 21.09.14