The school encourages all parents to visit the following web-sites for information on the new Language Curriculum.
List of Policies.
- Administration of Medicine Policy
- Anti Bullying Policy.
- Assessment Policy.
- Attendance Policy.
- Child Protection Policy.
- Code of Discipline – included homework, expulsion and suspension Policy.
- Critical Incidence Policy.
- Daily Routine Policy.
- Data Protection Policy.
- Enrolement Policy.
- Intimate Care Policy
- Supervision 2018
- Chronic Condition 2018
- Safeguarding Statement 2018
- Equality of Access and Participation Policy.
- Equality Policy.
- Fire Drill Policy.
- First Aid Policy.
- Health and Safety Policy.
- Home work Policy.
- I.C.T. Policy and Acceptable User Policy.
- Learning Support Policy.
- P.E. Policy.
- Retention of Pupils Policy.
- R.S.E. Policy.
- Safety Policy.
- Salesperson Policy.
- School Substance User Policy.
- Splitting of Classes Policy.
- Smoke Free Policy.
- Suspension Policy.
- Teacher Absences Policy.
- Telephone Policy.
- Tours Policy.
- Work Experience Policy,
Child Protection Policy.
Scoil Mhuire Child Protection Policy.
This policy was reviewed on 21-1-16 by staff during Croke park hours.
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, practises and activities. Accordingly, in accordance with the requirements of the Department of Education and Skills Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary School’s the Board of Management of Scoil Mhuire has agreed the following Child Protection Policy.
1. The Board of Management has adopted and will implement fully and without modification the Child’s Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools as part of this overall Child Protection Policy.
2. The Designated Liaison Person (D.L.P.) is Ms. Elizabeth King.
3. The Deputy Liaison Person (Deputy D.L.P.) is Mr. Thomas Clarke.
4. In its policies, practises and activities Scoil Mhuire will adhere to the following principles of best practise 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 practises 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 or neglect.
· Develop a practise of openness with parents and encourage parental involvement in the education of their children and
· Fully respect confidentiality requirements in dealing with Child Protection matters.
The school will adhere to the above principles in relation to any adult with a special vulnerability.
5. List of policies and activities that are particularly relevant to school protection – Code of Behaviour, Anti Bullying Policy, Attendance Policy, Supervision of Pupils, P.E. Policy, Tours Policy, Work Placements Policy, Outside coach policy, health and safety policy (CCTV). R.S.E. policy, AUP policy, use of mobile phone policy.
The Board has ensured that the necessary policies, protocols or practises as appropriate are in respect of each of the above listed items.
6. The policy has been made available to school personnel 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.
Best Practice Guidelines.
Aim and Rationale.
In Scoil Mhuire there is a commitment to value each student as an individual created in the image of God. As a Catholic School it aims to respect each student as an individual while at the same time building a community in the school amongst pupils, parents, teachers and staff.
The ethos of a Catholic School is best summed up in the Schedule for a Catholic School, which states:
A Roman Catholic School (which is established in connection with the Minister) aims at promoting the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the person or the pupil: intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual, including a living relationship with God and in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Catholic school provides religious education for the pupils in accordance with the doctrines, practices and tradition of the Roman Catholic Church and promotes the formation of the pupils in the Catholic Faith.
To ensure a safe, secure and happy environment for each student, the Board of Management has adopted the Child Protection and Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools and will be implemented by all personnel in the school. In adopting these guidelines, it continues to be essential that a warm and welcoming atmosphere for student is fostered in our school.
This policy was updated by staff using Croke Park hours during January/February 2016.
Best Practice Guidelines.
1. General Conduct Safe Practice:
a. Physical punishment of students is not permitted under any circumstances.
b. School personnel must not engage in or tolerate any behavior that is abusive towards students, either verbally or psychologically.
c. School personnel should be sensitive to the fact that comments of a sexual nature are inappropriate. Only age – appropriate language, media products and activities should be used with students. In particular, erotic or pornographic material is never acceptable.
d. The school respects the physical integrity of the student. School personnel should not engage in appropriate physical contact of any kind. They should be sensitive, in this regard, to what might be unacceptable to students from different cultural backgrounds.
e. School personnel should always be respectful of the privacy of students particularly in changing rooms, showers and toilets.
f. When working with children who have a disability, relevant personnel are required to be aware of specific considerations including behavioral and communications issues, intimate care needs, access to building, range and choice of activities, and any other relevant matters that may need addressing. Where appropriate, the Board of Management will strive, within the limitations imposed by school resources, to ensure that appropriate specific training, including disability awareness and child protection training, is undertaken by relevant personnel.
g. When a one to one meeting with a student is considered appropriate, it should take place in a room with the door left open or in a room where there is easy visibility from outside the room.
h. It is not recommended that school employees give lifts in their cars to individual students, if there is one adult, there should be a minimum of two students present for the entire journey. In exceptional circumstances, when it becomes necessary to make a journey or part of a journey alone with a student, the principal and / or the student’s parent or guardian should be informed as soon as possible.
i. School personnel must be sensitive to the possibility of becoming over-involved or spending a great deal of time with any one student.
j. Under no circumstances should alcohol or tobacco be given to students.
k. In all situations where students are present and alcohol is available, the high standard of professional conduct of personnel in schools should be maintained. Of course, school personnel must never be under the influence of alcohol while they are in charge of students.
l. With regard to taking of photographs and the making of video recordings of students involved in school activities – when a digital camera is used pictures may be stored on computers and will be erased when no longer necessary. In addition, all video recordings and photographs of children involved in school activities shall be used for school recordings purposes only e.g. playing basket ball, winning a prize, confirmation and communion. Photos shall be displayed in church or on notice board in school or kept in a photo album for historical records projects/ children’s personal workbooks.
1. Tours / Outings. C/f main school policy.
2. In the relaxed atmosphere of a trip away appropriate standards of behavior and good practice, particularly in regard to the aforementioned child guidelines, must be maintained.
3. Internet / E mail Policy – Mobile Phone Texts Messaging.
4. In the context of child protection, school personnel should avoid all inappropriate communication with students through internet, e-mail, test messaging or otherwise.
5. P.E Policy c/f outside coach’s policy code of ethics to be given to all outside coaches and signed by them.
Summary of Procedures for Teachers.
· There is no mandatory reporting of abuse, but I.N.T.O would recommend us to report anything we felt was suspicious.
· Look out for signs of neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse c/f page 10 guidelines and The Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary School’s.
· Examples of signs given in “Children First” printed by Children Youth Affairs Examples could be ongoing, absenteeism, lack of lunches, general appearance of child, demeanour of child, child not being collected, combination of all these and more.
(a) Teachers should keep a written record on any child they feel concerned about.
(b) If a child makes a disclosure c/f page 21 of C.P.P.
· Teacher then notifies D.L.P.
· D.L.P. will contact the duty social worker, Health Board for advice.
a. When speaking to the Health Board do not give any identifying information
b. Ask their advice and act on this advice (they might just tell us to monitor the situation or to report it)
c. Record the advice given – inform the Chairperson
d. If making a report inform the parents – unless it might endanger the child.
· Page 14/15 Children First – what you include in the report).
· Feedback should be given to the person who reports.
· Do not give out information to the Health Board or Social Workers over the phone unless in case of emergency i.e. the child might be in danger.
H.S.E. for children and family services, Civic Offices, Limerick Road, Nenagh, telephone 067 46636.
Child Protection Services, Annbrook, Nenagh, telephone 067 41934.
St. Mary’s Health Centre, Thurles, telephone 0504 24609
Area Child Manager, Annbrook, Limerick Road, Nenagh 067 38388 c/f enclosed sheet.
The following policies are relevant to Child Protection,
1. Code of Behaviour.
2. Anti Bulling Policy.
3. Pupil Attendance Policy.
4. Supervision of Pupils Policy.
5. Work Placement Policy.
6. R.S.E. Policy.
7. Tours Policy.
8. Outside coach policy
9. Internet policy
10. Use of mobile phone policy
11. Health and Safety Policy
· Stay Safe is taught as part of the S.P.H.E.
· Tours/outings c/f main school policy. In the relaxed atmosphere of a trip away appropriate standards of behaviour and practice, particularly in regard to the aforementioned child guidelines must be maintained.
· Internet/e-mail policy – mobile phones / text messaging. In the context of child protection, school personnel should avoid all inappropriate communication with students through internet, e-mail, text messaging or otherwise.
· P.E Policy c/f outside coach’s policy code of ethics to be given to all outside coaches and signed by them.
· All outside personnel working in the school e.g. S.N.A. people on work experience must have Garda clearance.
Standard Reporting Procedures.
Page 23 – children first – responsibility of staff page 22 of Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools.
Page 16 and page 38 of Children First and c/f Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools.
This policy will be brought to the B.O.M. on the 15th of February 2016 to be reviewed and ratified.
Anti Bullying Policy
Rationale: the existing 2007 policy was reviewed and updated during Croke Park Hours 2012.
The aim of Scoil Mhuire’s Anti Bullying Policy is
· To raise awareness of bullying as a form of unacceptable behaviour with school management, teachers, pupils, parents/guardians.
· To promote a school ethos which encourages children to disclose and discuss incidents of bullying behaviour.
· To ensure appropriate supervision and monitoring measures through which all areas of school activities are kept under observation.
· To implement a programme of support for those effected by bullying behaviour and for those involved in bullying behaviour,
· To work with appropriate agencies in countering all forms of bullying and promoting ante bullying behaviour.
Statement on Bullying.
· Every person in the school is entitled to respect and to be free of any type of bullying.
· The school will work proactively, as far as it can, to ensure that bullying does not take place.
· Reporting incidents of bullying is responsible behaviour.
· A record will be kept of all reported incidents of bullying.
· The matter will be dealt with seriously.
· The school has a programme of support for both the bully and the bullied.
· Appropriate action will be taken to ensure that is does not continue.
Bullying consists of repeated inappropriate behaviour whether by word, by physical action or otherwise, directly or indirectly applied, by one or more persons against another person or persons which undermines the individual person’s right to personal dignity.
Types of behaviour deemed to be inappropriate.
· Humiliation, including name-calling, reference to academic ability etc.
· Intimidation, including aggressive use of body language.
· Verbal abuse, anonymous or otherwise.
· Physical abuse or threatened abuse.
· Aggressive or obscene language.
· Offensive joke, whether spoken or by e-mail, text messaging etc.
· Victimization, including very personal remarks.
· Exclusion and isolation.
· Intrusion through interfering with personal possessions.
· Repeated unreasonable assignment to duties that are obviously unfavorable.
· Repeated unreasonable deadlines or tasks.
· Threats, including demands for money.
· An attack by rumor, gossip, innuendo or ridicule on any individual’s reputation.
Indications of Bullying.
The following signs/symptoms may suggest that a pupil is being bullied.
· Anxiety about traveling to and from school – requesting parents to drive or collect them, changing route of travel, avoiding regular times for traveling to and from school.
· Unwillingness to go to school, refusal to attend “mitching” “ditching”
· Deterioration in educational performance, loss of concentration and loss of enthusiasm and interest in school.
· Pattern of physical illnesses (e.g. headaches, stomach aches).
· Unexplained changes either in mood or behaviour, it may be particularly noticeable before returning to school after weekends or more especially after longer school holidays.
· Visible signs of anxiety or distress-stammering, withdrawing, nightmares, difficulty in sleeping, crying, not eating, vomiting, bed wetting.
· Spontaneous out of character comments about either pupils or teachers.
· Possessions missing or damaged.
· Increase requests for money or stealing money.
· Unexplained bruising or cuts or damaged clothing.
· Reluctance and/or refusal to say what is troubling him/her.
Those signs do not necessarily mean that a pupil is being bullied. If repeated or occurring in combination these signs do warrant investigation in order to establish what is effecting the pupil.
Strategies for Prevention of Bullying.
· The S.P.H.E curriculum, including the Walk Tall and Stay Safe programme, is used throughout the school to support the anti bullying policy.
· Positive self-esteem is fostered among the pupils by celebrating individual differences, by acknowledging good behaviour and by providing opportunities for success.
· Pupils are helped to develop empathy by discussing feelings and by trying to put themselves in the place of others.
· Teachers respond sensitively to pupils who disclose incidents of bullying.
· The school’s anti-bullying policy is discussed regularly with the pupils.
· Staff are particularly vigilant in monitoring pupils who are considered at risk of bullying/being bullied.
· All disclosed incidents of bullying are investigated.
· Members of the Board of Management are familiar with the school’s policy on bullying and actively promote it on a repeated basis among staff, parents and pupils.
· Parents contribute to and support the school’s policy on bullying by encouraging positive behaviour both at home and at school, by being vigilant for signs and systems that their child is being bullied or is bullying others, by communicating concerns to the school.
Maintaining Awareness of Bullying as a Form of Unacceptable Behaviour.
Scoil Mhuire will emphasize and reinforce the view that bullying behaviour is unacceptable by
· Using school assemblies to remind pupils of the school’s anti-bullying policy.
· Using both the formal and informal curriculum to emphasize that bullying is unacceptable …. Visual arts activities, posters, drama, role play, S.P.H.E, co-operative games……
· Devising a school anti- bullying chart for display in classrooms and other prominent areas
Insofar as is reasonably practicable school activities will have supervised and monitored at all times, with particular emphasis on those occasions when situations of bullying are more likely to occur, such as assembly time, play time and dismissal time.
Children will be encouraged to disclose and discuss incidents of bullying behaviour. They will be helped to differentiate between incidents of a minor nature and those that constitute bullying. They will also be taught the difference between telling tales and asking for help.
Procedures for Dealing with Incidences of Bullying.
· All incidents of bullying will be recorded in an incident book which will be retained in the school.
· Pupils will be informed that when they report incidents of bullying they are acting responsibly.
· A calm unemotional problem solving approach will be used to deal with bullying.
· Incidents of bullying will initially be dealt with by the class teacher. Incidents that are of a serious nature, or those that involve pupils form a number of classes will be referred to the Principal.
· On being informed of an alleged incident of bullying, the teacher dealing with the report will first interview the victim(s) and discuss the feelings which the victim(s) experienced because of the bullying behaviour.
· An interview will then take place with the alleged perpetrators(s). If the feelings which the victim(s) experienced because of the bullying behaviour.
· An interview will then take place with the alleged perpetrator(s). If the bullying involves a group of pupils, members of that group will first be met individually and than s a whole. Having discussed the negative impact which bullying has on both perpetrator(s) and victim(s)responsibility will be placed on all individuals within the group to resolve the difficulty and to take appropriate steps to ensure that it does not happen again.
· If on the conclusion of the preliminary investigation the teacher is convinced that bullying had occurred the Principal will be informed and parent(s) guardian(s) of all concerned will be contacted.
· Depending on the seriousness of the bullying some or all of level 2 Supportive Interventions will be utilized.
· Repeated incidents of bullying behaviour will result in the impositions of sanctions. Such sanctions will be proportionate to the seriousness of the bullying behaviour.
This policy was ratified by the Board of Management on the 9/2/2012 and reviewed every September.
FIRST AID POLICY.
It is the policy of the Board of Management of Scoil Mhuire that limited first aid will be provided by the staff e.g washing cut area and applying a plaster.
Parents must inform the school in writing if they do not wish antiseptic wipes or plasters to be used on their child.
In this case cotton wool will be used for cleaning.
At the moment two members of staff are fully qualified but all members of staff have basic first aid knowledge.
Funding will be provided every two years to update First Aid for at least two members of staff.
Procedures for dealing with pupils who are
- Pupils who complain of being ill shall be monitored by the teacher. If the child is “obviously” ill e.g pale, vomiting or obviously distressed the teacher will
- send a child for S.N.A. or
- next available teacher (available to leave their class)using either green or red card
- in the case of an accident in the classroom – same procedure and S.N.A. or available teacher will be asked to administer First Aid.
- In case of a serious illness/injury e.g. seizure, fainting – teacher on the spot will put the child in the recovery position and send a child for S.N.A. or available teacher. S.N.A. will contact emergency services and then the parents.
- S.N.A./ teacher will ring home for parents to come and take their child home.
- In the case of accident/illness occurring in the yard
- a child will be sent to the staff room to inform the class teacher.
- The child will be escorted into the staff room where the class teacher will follow the above procedure.
- If the parents cannot be contacted by the numbers given on the enrolment form, the local doctor shall be contacted.
- In extreme cases e.g fainting, the doctor shall be called and doctor’s advice shall be recorded and followed and parents contacted.
- In case of accidents – accidents shall be recorded in accident book. Date, time, injury, action taken and any witnesses.
- Parents or other delegated persons shall be contacted if the injury appears serious or the child appears distressed.
- In cases of a more serious injury e.g deep cut/head injury/concussion/suspected break or dislocation doctor will be called and his advice shall be followed and recorded and parents will be contacted.
- Parents/guardians will have been asked on enrolment form to consent to emergency treatment.
- School should be notified by parents/guardians of any children if they suffer from any illness c/f enrolment form.
- All parents/guardians will also have been asked for mobile telephone numbers/home numbers/and other contact numbers.
- All parents/guardians must give at least two contact numbers and nominate another person when they are not available.
- Location of First Aid Box – one in the office, one in each classroom.
- In the case of serious accident/illness (1) doctor will be called (2) parents called, in the case of a parent not being contactable an ambulance will be called.
- Procedure of calling ambulance written up on notice board in staff room and office.
- Telephone number of local doctor, gardai, hospital to be displayed in every room.
- Charge for emergency medical treatment will be paid by parents.
- Disposable gloves must be used at all times in administering First Aid.
All incidents, no matter how trivial, and whether to employees or to students or to members of the public must be reported immediately to the person responsible for the hazard identified in the Safety Statement. In the event that the accident/incident occurs in any other place to which that paragraph dealing with hazards does not relate, it must be reported to the Safety Officer. This is necessary to monitor the progress of safety standards ant to ensure that the proper medical attention is given where required. An Accident Report File is to be maintained for the recording of all accidents and incidents by teacher on duty and will be monitored by the Safety Officer.
All accident will be recorded in an accident book with details of date, time, location, witnesses and action taken.
All serious accidents will be reported to the H.S.A. Authority. c/f as per guidelines.
This policy was reviewed by the staff on 9/1/2018
This policy will be reviewed every year or as the need arises.
Scoil Mhuire ,Borrisokane,Co Tipperary.
Child Safeguarding Statement
Scoil Mhuire is a primary school providing primary education to pupils from Junior Infants 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 Tusla Guidance on the preparation of Child Safeguarding Statements, the Board of Management of Scoil Mhuire 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: _Ms.Elizabeth King_ Principal
- The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP is: _Mr.Thomas Clarke -Deputy principal.
- 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:
- recognise that the protection and welfare of children is of paramount importance, regardless of all other considerations
- fully comply with its statutory obligations under the Children First Act 2015 and other relevant legislation relating to the protection and welfare of children
- 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; and
- 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:
- 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
- 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
- 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:
- Has provided each member of staff with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement
- Ensures all new staff are provided with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement
- Encourages staff to avail of relevant training
- Encourages Board of Management members to avail of relevant training
- The Board of Management maintains records of all staff and Board member training.
- In relation to reporting of child protection concerns to Tusla, 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
- 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 school’s 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.
- This statement has been published on the school’s website and has been provided to all members of school personnel, the Parents and the patron. It is readily accessible to parents and guardians on request. A copy of this Statement will be made available to Tusla 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.
Statement of strategy for school attendance.