Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment

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 Scoil Phádraig, Ballybryan.

1. List of school activities

" In-Class Teaching & Learning
" Outside Classroom Teaching & Learning
" Outside School (Inside School Grounds) Teaching & Learning
" Teaching & Learning Outside Normal School hours/Extra Curricular Activities
" Employment of Teaching Staff
" School Tours and visits
" Employment of Special Needs Assistants
" Employment of Ancillary Staff
" Visiting Speakers/Workshops
" Use of School For after school activities
" Parent Association Activities

2. The school has identified the following risk of harm in respect of its activities -
We recognise that though not specifically listed in all risk area, the risk of harm identified in one area is also possible in other areas listed.

1. In-Class Teaching & Learning
- Member of Staff harms a child in their care
- A Student Teacher/Work Placement Student harms a child in our care
- Another pupil/s harms a child in our care

2. Outside Classroom (Inside School Grounds) Teaching & Learning
- Member of Staff harms a child in our care
- Another pupil/s harm a child in our care
- Member of the public harms a child in our care

3. Outside School Teaching & Learning
- Member of the Public harms a child in our care
- Workshop Instructor/Speaker (Non-Employee) harms a child in our care

4. Swimming Lessons
- Member of the Public harms a child in our care
- Swimming Instructors harm a child in our care

5. Visiting Speakers/Workshop Instructors
- Visiting speaker/workshop Instructor harms a child in our care

6. Use of School For after school activities
- Children may be harmed by organisers/users of groups using the school after-hours

7. Parent Association Activities
- Parent harms a child attending a Parent Association Event
- Member of the public harms a child attending a Parent Association event.

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

1. In-Class Teaching & Learning
- Member of Staff harms a child in their care - All teachers must be registered with the Teaching Council, have provided the appropriate Garda Vetting link, Statutory Declaration, Teaching Council Registration, and Proof of Identification.
All Staff members will be informed of the school's expectation to follow the Code of Conduct for Teachers.
All teachers must have a copy of the school's Child Protection Statement to hand and be informed of the identity of the DLP and Deputy DLP.

- A Student Teacher/Work Placement Student harms a child in our care - All Student Teachers and Work Placement Students must provide a Joint Agreement from their educational institution, accompanied with the applicable 100 points of ID and Statutory Declaration.
U/16's are not permitted in the school as Student Teachers or Work Placement Students.

- Another pupil harms a child in our care - All teachers will maintain reasonable and effective supervision of their class.
Pupils will be taught the Stay Safe Programme

2. Outside Classroom (Inside School Grounds) Teaching & Learning
- Member of Staff harms a child in our care - All teachers must be registered with the Teaching Council, have provided the appropriate Garda Vetting link, Statutory Declaration, Teaching Council Registration, and Proof of Identification.
All Staff members will be informed of the school's expectation to follow the Code of Conduct for Teachers.
All teachers must have a copy of the school's Child Protection Statement to hand and be informed of the identity of the DLP and Deputy DLP

- A Student Teacher/Work Placement Student harms a child in our care - All Student Teachers and Work Placement Students must provide a Joint Agreement from their educational institution, accompanied with the applicable 100 points of ID and Statutory Declaration.
U/16's are not permitted in the school as Student Teachers or Work Placement
Students.

- Another pupil/s harm a child in our care - All teachers will maintain reasonable and effective supervision of their class.
Pupils will be taught the Stay Safe Programme

- Member of the Public harms a child in our care - Staff will ensure that members of the public are approached and escorted to the school administrative office if found inside the school. Staff will approach and direct members of the public to the school office if found on school yard.

3. Outside School Teaching & Learning
- Member of the Public harms a child in our care - Staff will maintain reasonable and Effective supervision of the pupils in their care. Staff will inform Principal/Deputy Principal of all details relating to the Outside School Activity and appropriate supervision will be put in place.

Workshop Instructor (Non-Employee) harms a child in our care - Staff member will complete and return a 'Tour Sanction Form' to Principal/Deputy Principal for all school tours and appropriate supervision will be put in place.
If the nature and context of the workshop is viewed by the Principal/Deputy-Principal to be sensitive or involves coaching and/or mentoring of a level deemed by the
Principal/ Deputy-Principal to require discrete vetting, then vetting arrangements will
be put in place.

4. Swimming Lessons
- Member of the Public harms a child in our care - Staff will maintain reasonable and Effective supervision of the pupils in their care.
Lessons will be arranged at private times when no members of the public may use the pool.
Parents are instructed not to enter the dressing area. The exception to this will be made for parents of pupils
with complex physical need which require parental assistance. Effective supervision of all parents will be
maintained and such a parent will be vetted in the first instance.

- Swimming Instructors harm a child in our care - Staff will maintain reasonable and effective supervision of the pupils in their care.
The provider of the swimming service will be expected to complete and return a joint party agreement form and provide the serial numbers of all instructors working in their service.

5. Visiting Speakers/Workshop Instructors
- Visiting speaker/workshop Instructor harms a child in our care - Staff will maintain reasonable and effective supervision of the pupils in their care.
Staff will inform Principal/Deputy Principal of all details relating to their wish to have a visiting speaker/workshop instructor visit the school. The Principal/Deputy Principal will assess the requirement for the visiting teacher/workshop instructor to produce vetting through a joint agreement. One-off visits by a speaker/workshop instructor may be permitted where the Principal/Deputy-Principal is satisfied that there is no personal coaching or mentoring and the visit is of such a context that it is effectively supervised by the staff members at all times.

6. Use of School For after school activities
- Children may be harmed by organisers/users of groups using the school after-hours -
All users of the school who have children and/or vulnerable adults using their
service must produce a Child Safeguarding Statement and identify the Child Safety
Officer to the Principal/Deputy-Principal.

7. Parent Association Activities
- Parent harms a child attending a Parent Association Event - The Parent Association
must have a designated Child Protection Officer on their Committee as outlined in
their Constitution. The CPO will inform the school of any members who will be
involved with supervising or assisting PA events which will bring them into contact
with pupils from the school.
As of today, no CPO has been appointed to the Parents Association of Ballybryan National School but this process is currently in train. The school will arrange to have such parents vetted through the Garda Central Vetting Unit via the Diocesan Office for Safeguarding children. Each member will be expected to produce a Statutory Declaration and proof of Identification to the value of 100 points

- Member of the public harms a child attending a Parent Association event - All
Members of the Parent Association will provide reasonable and effective supervision
of all pupils attending Parent Association events. Members of the public, including
non-vetted parents will be permitted access to pupils under the direct supervision of
the Parent Association.

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 09.03.18. It shall be reviewed as part of the school's annual review of its Child Safeguarding Statement.
Date of review 09.03.19

Signed _
Fr. Greg Corcoran___________ Date 09.03.18

Chairperson, Board of Management

Signed _
Brian Darby ________________ Date 09.03.18

Principal/Secretary to the Board of Management

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