Child Protection

St. Saviour’s N.S. is a primary school providing primary education to pupils from Junior Infants to Sixth Class. St. Saviour’s N.S. aims to provide it’s pupils with the highest standards of care and protection in order to promote each child’s wellbeing and safeguard him/her while at school.

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 St. Saviour’s N.S. has agreed the Child Safeguarding Statement. (Ratified by BOM 11th March 2018 & Communicated to School Personnel & Parents)

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 2017 as part of this overall Child Safeguarding Statement

The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) : Antoinette Doyle
The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) : Helen Binions.
DLP & Deputy DLP are adopted by BOM each September.

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, 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:
Prevention – Curriculum Provision
Practice- Best Practice in Child Protection
Procedures-Procedures for dealing with concerns/disclosures

The school will:
• create a safe, trusting, responsive and caring environment
• develop awareness and responsibility in the area of child protection amongst the whole school community
• put in place procedures for good practice to protect all children and staff
• recognise that the protection and welfare of children is of paramount importance, regardless of all other considerations;
• fully comply with its statutory obligations under the Children First Act 2015 and other relevant legislation relating to the protection and welfare of children;
• 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.

11th March 2018 St. Saviour’s NS Child Safeguarding Statement and Risk Assessment Guidelines
On the 11th March 2018, these guidelines and statement were ratified by the BOM, published on our web site and communicated to parents/staff.