Child Safeguarding Statement

 

Gusserane National School

New Ross, Co. Wexford

 

www.gusseranens.ie                        Phone: 051 562107              E-mail: gusseranens@gmail.com

 

Gusserane NS is a mixed 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 Gusserane NS has agreed the Child

Safeguarding Statement set out in this document.

 

  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 2017 as part of

this overall Child Safeguarding Statement.  This policy was reviewed at a Board of Management

meeting on Tuesday March 5th and re-ratified.

 

  1. The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Tony Heuston (Principal)

 

  1. The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is Siobhan McLoughlin (Deput Principal)

 

  1. 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.  In its 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.

 

  1. 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 abovenamed DLP as the “relevant person” (as

defined in the Children First Act 2015) to be the first point of contact in respect of the

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.

 

 

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. 

    

  1. This statement has been published on the school’s 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 Tusla

and the Department if requested. 

 

  1. 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 March 8th,2018 and

reviewed and re-ratified on March 5th, 2019.

 

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