Gusserane National School
New Ross, Co. Wexford
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.
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.
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:
of all other considerations;
relevant legislation relating to the protection and welfare of children;
and protect workers from the necessity to take unnecessary risks that may leave themselves
open to accusations of abuse or neglect;
education of their children; and
The school will also adhere to the above principles in relation to any adult pupil with a special
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.
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.
to staff in respect of the identification of the occurrence of harm (as defined in the 2015
Act) the school-
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.
defined in the Children First Act 2015) to be the first point of contact in respect of the
child safeguarding statement.
First Act 2015.
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.
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.
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.
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.