Child Protection Policy

Sept and October 2014 - Aisling McAlpine 157

Jesus & Mary Secondary School, Salerno – Child protection and vetting of school personnel


Section 1: Introduction

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 policies, practices and activities. Accordingly,in accordance with the requirements of the Department of Education and Skills Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools, the Board of Management of Jesus & Mary Secondary School, Salerno, Salthill, has agreed the following child protection policy:

1. The Board of Management has adopted and will implement fully and without modification the Departments Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools as part of this overall child protection policy.

2. The Designated Liaison Person (DLP)is Sr. Gerarda Lawler (Principal).

3. The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP)is Ms. Marie Flannery (Deputy Principal).

4. In its policies, practices and activities, all staff 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 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 requirement sin dealing with child protection matters. The school will also adhere to the above principles in relation to any adult pupil with a special vulnerability.

5. The following is a list school policies, practices and activities that are particularly relevant to child protection:

  • Mission statement
  • Transition Year
  • Student progress and levels of attainment
  • Internet Acceptable Use
  • Extra-curricular activity
  • Code of behaviour
  • Anti-bullying
  • Class tutor system, Year heads and Student Care Co-ordination team
  • Guidance
  • Student empowerment,involvement and representation (Student Council/Prefect System)
  • Positive Mental Health
  • Substance use
  • Contingency procedures
  • Student attendance
  • Communication structures between home and school
  • Health and safety statement/fire drill procedure

The Board has ensured that the necessary policies, protocols or practices as appropriate are in place in respect of each of the above listed items.

6. This policy has been made available to school personnel and the Parents Association and is readily accessible to parents on request. A copy of this policy will be made available to the Department and the patron, Le Cheile.