Child Protection Policy
St. Patrick’s Loreto Primary School aims to provide its pupils with the highest standards of care and protection, in order to promote each child’s well-being and safeguard him/her from harm. The Board of Management of St. Patrick’s Loreto Primary School has adopted and will implement fully, without modification, the Department of Education and Skills’ Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools as part of this overall child protection policy.
Designated Liaison Person (DLP)
The Principal teacher, Brian O’Doherty is the school’s Designated Liaison Person (DLP). The Deputy Principal, Marie Flanagan, is the school’s Deputy Designated Liaison Person (DDLP). Should circumstances warrant it, the Deputy Principal will act as DLP. The DLP has specific responsibility for child protection and will represent the school in all dealings with the HSE, An Garda Síochána and other parties in connection with allegations of abuse. All matters pertaining to the processing or investigation of child abuse must be processed through the DLP.
Principles which underpin the school’s policy
In its policies, practices and activities, St. Patrick’s Loreto P.S. 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 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.
Other relevant policies
Other policies relevant to the school’s Child Protection policy are the school’s
- Code of Behaviour
- Anti-Bullying Behaviour Policy
- Attendance Policy
- The Provision of Extra-Curricular Tuition
This list is not exhaustive. The Board has ensured that the necessary protocols or practices as appropriate are in place in respect of each of the above listed items.
Dissemination of Policy
This policy has been made available to all school personnel and the Parent Association 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.
Review of Policy
This policy will be reviewed by the Board of Management once in every school year.
This policy was adopted by the Board of Management on 22nd October 2011.