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Kilmessan Mixed N.S.
Child protection Policy

This document is a response to recent changes in legislation and takes account of the provisions of each of the following pieces of legislation
• Freedom of Information Act 1997
• The Education Act 1998
• The Child Welfare Act 2000
• Children First – National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of children 2011.

The new procedures are based on the recently published Children First – National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2011, and Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools (Dept of Education and Skills 2011)

• Children First (Dept of Children and Youth Affairs 2011)
• Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools (Dept of Education and skills 2011

Copies of this Policy are available on request from the Secretary’s Office

Kilmessan Mixed N.S.
Child Protection Policy

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, practices and activities. Therefore, 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 Kilmessan Mixed N.S. has agreed the following child protection policy:

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 as part of this overall child protection policy. It was ratified at a meeting of the Board of Management on March 19th 2013 & is reviewed annually at the first Board of Management meeting of each school year.

2. The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Brian Mullins ( Principal)

3. The Deputy (D L P) is Michelle McKeown/Sinéad Bennett (Deputy Principal)                                                             

4.    In its policies, practices and activities, Kilmessan Mixed N.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.

5.    Certain policies such as our Code of Behaviour, Anti-bullying Policy, Attendance Policy and the Supervision of Pupils Policy will take particular account of this Child Protection Policy. This policy will also be considered with reference to the participation by pupils in sporting activities, other extra-curricular activities and school outings. Other practices and activities, where child protection might have particular relevance, will take due consideration of the procedures outlined within this policy. 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 Parent Association and is readily accessible to parents on request.  It is available on our school website ( ). A copy of this policy will be made available to the DES and the patron if requested.

7.    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 March 19th 2013

   Signed:   _______________________                       Date:  19/3/2013                                                    
Chairperson of Board of Management                                                             

Reviewed     Date:   21/10/2014                                               

Reviewed     Date:   20/10/2015

Reviewed     Date:   ____________

Reviewed     Date:   26/9/2017  

Reviewed     Date:   ___________                                                                                           


Appendix 1
The Stay Safe programme is the primary resource used in this school to provide education for children on abuse prevention. The programme is taught as part of the schools’ SPHE curriculum under the strand unit Safety and Protection.
On enrolment of their child all parents will be informed that the Stay Safe & Walk Tall programmes are taught in the school.
The formal lessons of these programmes will be taught every year in accordance with the SPHE plan. Relationships and Sexuality Education (R.S.E.) will also be taught annually.
Staff will make every effort to ensure that the messages of the programme are reinforced whenever possible.  
All staff (Teachers, SNAs, Ancillary, secretarial, caretaking etc.) in this school will follow the recommendations for reporting concerns or disclosures as outlined in ‘Children First’ and the Department of Education and Skills document, ‘Child Protection, Guidelines and Procedures’. (see attached appendix, pages 5 to 20 from the above DES guidelines)
The Board of Management of this school has appointed Brian Mullins as the Designated Liaison Person (DLP) and Sinéad Bennett as the Deputy DLP.
The staff and management of this school have agreed:
• The recording of concerns/ disclosures and the reporting of same to the DLP (deputy DLP where appropriate) is crucial.
• All records/reports will be dated and signed by the person making the report.
• A strict adherence to maintaining confidentiality   

The following areas have been considered by the staff and Board of Management of the school are areas of specific concern in relation to child protection. Following discussion and consultation the staff and Board of Management have agreed the following practices be adopted and that all parents should be informed of school practice in relation to child protection issues.

a)  Physical contact
Physical contact between school personnel and the child should always be     in response to the needs of the child and not the needs of the adult. While physical contact may be used to comfort, reassure or assist a child the following should be factors in determining its appropriateness:-
• It is acceptable to the child
• It is open and not secretive
• The age and developmental stage of the child

School personnel should avoid doing anything of a personal nature for children that they can do for themselves.

b) Visitors/Guest Speakers:
Visitors/guest speakers should never be left alone with pupils. We acknowledge that there may be occasions where other professionals such as NEPS Psychologist, Speech Therapist, Nurse etc. may need to work with pupils on a one to one basis. We will try to facilitate such meetings in a room with a glass-panelled door. The school (principal/teachers) has a responsibility to check out the credentials of the visitor/guest speaker and to ensure that the material in use by guests is appropriate.

c) Children with specific toileting/intimate care needs:
In all situations where a pupil needs assistance with toileting/intimate care, a meeting will be convened after enrolment and before the child starts school between parents/guardians, class teacher, Special Needs Assistant, principal and if appropriate the pupil.

The purpose of the meeting will be to ascertain the specific needs of the child and to determine how the school can best meet those needs. The staff to be involved in this care will be identified and provision will be made for occasions when the particular staff members involved are absent. A written copy of what has been agreed will be made and kept in the child’s file.
Two members of staff will be present dealing when with intimate care/ toileting needs. Any deviation from the agreed procedure will be recorded and notified to the parents/guardians.

d)  Toileting accidents:
Clean underwear and suitable clothing will be kept in the school so that if a pupil has an ‘accident’ of this nature they will in the first instance be offered fresh clothing to clean and change by themselves.   
Parents will always be notified of such incidents.
If the pupil for whatever reason cannot clean or change themselves parents/guardians of the pupil will be contacted with a view to asking the parent how they wish the school to deal with the matter. If the parent requests that the child will be changed/cleaned by staff, this will be carried out by members of staff familiar to the child. In all such situations two members of staff should always be present.
A record of the incident should be kept.

e) One to One teaching
It is the policy in this school that one-to-one teaching is sometimes in the best interest of the child. Every effort will be made to ensure that this teaching takes place in an open environment. Parents of children who are to be involved in one-to-one teaching will be informed and their agreement sought. Work being carried out by Special Needs Assistants will be carried out under the direction of the class teacher in an open environment.

f) Changing for Games/ PE/ Swimming
Pupils will be expected to dress and undress themselves for games, PE, swimming. Where assistance is needed during swimming lessons, this will be done in the communal areas and with the consent of parents. Under no circumstances will members of staff/volunteers be expected to or allowed to dress/undress a child in a cubicle/private area. In such situations where privacy is required the parent/guardian of the child will be asked to assist the child.
       At all times there must be adequate supervision of pupils.

While every effort will be made to adhere to best practice as agreed and   outlined above, in the event of an emergency where this is not possible or practicable, a full record of the incident should be made and reported to principal and parents.

       Links to other policy areas:
Children are encouraged at all times to play co-operatively and inappropriate behaviour will be addressed under our Code of Behaviour.
Issues that relate to bullying will be dealt with in accordance with our Anti-bullying Policy
Other issues involving health and safety are dealt with under our Health and Safety Statement.
Internet Safety will be addressed in the schools Acceptable Use Policy.

Kilmessan Mixed N.S.

Appendix 3
Reporting Form for Child Protection and Welfare Concerns to a Health Board

1.   Date of Report

2.   Name of person reporting

3.   Address of person reporting

4.   Relationship of reporting person with the child concerned

5.   Method of report (telephone call, personal call to office)

6.   Family Details

Details of Child Concerned

 Surname :   
 DOB :
 Male/female  (known as):

 Correspondence address (if different):

 Telephone number:

7.   State whether you consider your report to indicate
(a) suspected or actual child abuse or
(b) need for family support, giving reasons
                  Physical                   Sexual             Emotional
                  Abuse                     Abuse              Abuse               Neglect
Suspect                                                                                  
Actual                                                                                   
8.   Details of other family members/household members

Name Age Relationship to child Employment /School Location
In cases of emergency, or outside HSE hours, reports should be made to An Garda   Síochána.

9.  Name of Other Professionals Involved with Child/ren and/or Parents/Carers.

    Public health nurse:

    General Practitioner:

Any other agency or professional involved (please describe the nature of any involvement):

Report Details.

 10. Describe, as fully as possible the nature of the problem or incident being reported, giving details of times and dates of individual incidents, the circumstances in which they occurred, any other persons who were present at the time, and their involvement

11. Has any explanation been offered by the child, and/or parents/carers, which would account for the current problem or incident? (Details)

12. As far as possible, describe the state of the child/ren’s physical, mental and emotional well-being.

13. If child abuse is being alleged, who is believed to be responsible for causing it?  Include (if known)


   Degree of contact with child:

   Degree of contact with other children:

14. Describe (in detail) any risks to which the child(ren) in this situation is/are believed to be exposed.

15. How did this information come to your attention?

16. What has prompted you to report your concern at this time?

17. What evidence of harm exists at present?

18. Are there any factors in the child and/or parents/carers’ present situation, which may have relevance to the current concern? (for example, recent illness, bereavement, separation, addiction, mental health problem or other difficulty)

19. Are there any factors in the child and/or parents/carers’ situation which could be considered protective or helpful (for example, extended family or community support)?

20. Has any action been taken in response to the current concern or incident?  Yes/No (Details if Yes)

21. Are the child’s parents/ carers aware that this concern is being reported to the HSE?

22. Is there a need for urgent protective action at this point?

23. Any other comments.

Signed: ____________________

Date:   ____________________                      

Child Protection

The Board of Management of Kilmessan Mixed N.S.  has adopted the Children First child protection guidance as school policy. The revised school policy is available on request from the school office and also our website:
   Child Protection Contacts

   Designated Liaison Person:              Brian Mullins (Principal)

Phone:                                               046-9025532   087-7994190

   Deputy DLP:                                      Sinéad Bennett (Acting D. Principal)

Phone:                                                046- 9025532

   Garda Station:                                    Trim Garda Station

Phone:                                                 046-9481540

Local Community Social Work Services,
Enterprise Centre, Navan,
Co. Meath                                                  
Phone:  046-9097817
Dunshaughlin Health Centre         Phone:  01-8024102

Dear Parents/Guardians,

In recent years, as a society, we have become very aware of the problem of child abuse through neglect, emotional, physical or sexual abuse.

Each one of us has a duty to protect children and Children First, National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children, noted that teachers, who are the main care givers to children outside the family, are particularly well placed to observe and monitor children for signs of abuse.

In response to this, the Department of Education and Skills published Child Protection Procedures for all schools in relation to child protection and welfare. These procedures promote the safety and welfare of all children and are to be welcomed.

The Board of Management of Kilmessan Mixed N.S. has adopted these procedures as school policy. This revised school policy is available from our school office and also on our website:

Consequently, if school staff suspect or are alerted to possible child abuse, they are obliged to refer this matter to the Health Service Executive (HSE). The HSE will then assess the situation and provide support for the child concerned.

Children First, the National Guidance for the Protection of Children may be accessed on the website of the Department of Health and Children ( and the Department of Education and Skills Child Protection Procedures can be read on the Department’s website (  Alternatively, parents/guardians are welcome to read these guidelines here at the school.

Yours faithfully,

Brian Mullins

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