Lindsay Road National School
Child Protection Policy.
Schools have an obligation to
provide students with the highest possible standard of care in order to promote
their well-being and protect them from harm.
School personnel are especially well placed to observe changes in
behaviour, failure to develop or outward sighs of abuse in children.
of this primary duty of care, the Board of Management of Lindsay
Road National School fully endorses “Children First”, the designated guidelines for
the protection and welfare of children as issued by the Department of
Health and Children, September 1999 and “Child Protection Guidelines
and Procedures” from the Department of Education & Science,
April 2001, and the Child Protection procedures for Primary
and Post-Primary Schools(2011) in relation to child protection and
Board nominates Sheila O’Leary as the
designated liaison person (DLP)
to act as a liaison with outside agencies such as health board and as a
resource person to any staff having child protection concerns.
the absence of Sheila O’Leary, Sarah Synnott will act as Deputy Designated Liaison Person.
Board will ensure that appropriate and on going training as necessary will
be available for DLP and the DDLP.
board fully endorses arrangements for the vetting of teaching and
non-teaching staff as outlined in Circular 0094/2006, June 2006, for the
Department of Education & Science.
that the safety and well being of children attending the school is a
priority, the Board undertakes to include Child Protection & Health
& Safety matters as items on the agenda of all Board meetings
Board will ensure that all school staff, teaching and non-teaching are
aware of their obligations under the guidelines detailed in Children first
and the procedures to be followed in the event of concern.
Board recognises that it has two duties of care. The primary duty is the protection,
safety and welfare of the children attending Lindsay Road School.
The Board as an employer also has duties and responsibilities
towards its employees.
an employer, the Board will seek legal advice if an allegation of abuse is
made against a school employee.
Board will adhere to the protocol outlined in Ch. 4. Allegations or Suspicions of Child Abuse
of School Employees, in “Child Protection Guidelines and Procedures” from
the Department of Education & Science 2001, to authorise any actions
required to protect the children in its care. The Board notes that school employees
may be subject to erroneous or malicious allegations. Any allegation of abuse should be dealt
with sensitively. The employee
should be treated fairly which includes the right not to be judged in
advance of a full and fair enquiry.
The Board accepts that the principles of natural justice and fair
procedures must be adhered to.
Board believes that the academic, personal and social development of
children flourishes in a culture where good relationships are encouraged,
people feel valued and respected and appropriate support is available for
those in difficulty.
Board is committed to the maintenance of the environment where children
feel secure, are encouraged to express themselves and are listened
to. All children in the school will
be made aware that there are adults in the school whom they can approach
if they are worried. In addition,
opportunities will be included in the curriculum for children to develop
the skills they need to keep them safe.
Board undertakes to circulate this Child Protection policy statement to
all parents and guardians at time of enrolment and on a regular basis
thereafter. This policy statement
and “Children First” will be available for viewing at the school office.
policy statement regarding Child Protection at Lindsay Road National
School applies to all staff, members of the Board of Management,
volunteers and contractors working in the school.
policy statement will be subject to review at the start of each academic
Signed ______________________ Chairperson