Child Protection Policy
The Manager 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. Accordingly, in accordance with the requirements of the Department of Education and Skills’ Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools, the Manager of Hamilton High School has agreed the following child protection policy:
- The Manager 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.
- The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is the Principal.
- The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is the Deputy Principal.
- In its policies, practices and activities, Hamilton High School will adhere to the following principles of best practice in child protection and welfare:
- 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;
- 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.
- The school policies, practices and activities that are particularly relevant to child protection are the Code of Behaviour, Anti-Bullying Policy, Pupil Attendance Strategy, Health & Safety Statement, Whole School Guidance Policy, Pastoral Care Policy, Internet Safety Policy, Guidelines for School Tours and Field Trips. The Manager has ensured that the necessary policies, protocols or practices as appropriate are in place in respect of each of the above listed items.
- This policy has been made available to school personnel and the Parents’ Support Group and is readily accessible to parents on request. A copy of this policy will be made available to the Department if requested.
- This policy will be reviewed by the Manager once in every school year.
- CHILD PROTECTION POLICY
It is the policy of Hamilton High School to safeguard the welfare of all our students by protecting them from physical, sexual and emotional harm.
- The school community should at all times, show respect and understanding for students’ rights, safety and welfare and conduct themselves in a way that reflects the ethos of Hamilton High School.
- All new staff who are in contact with students, are subject to the standard Garda vetting process.
- The Designated Liaison Person is the Principal of the school. The Deputy Designated Liaison person is the Deputy Principal of the School.
- If a staff member receives an allegation or has a suspicion that a student may have been abused, or is being abused, or is at risk of abuse he/she should, without delay, report the matter in writing to the Designated Liaison Person (DLP).
- The staff member/DLP/DDLP will be discreet and confidential.
- If the DLP is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for the suspicion or allegation, he/she should report the matter to the relevant Health Board.
- If the DLP is concerned/unsure, he/she will consult the Duty Social Worker for advice, not naming the child.
- The DLP will consult with the School Manager before reporting.
- In an emergency, the local Gardaí will be contacted.
- If the DLP does not report the matter to the Health Board, the reporting staff member will be given a statement as to the reasons why. If the staff member remains concerned he/she may consult with the Health Board.
- The Manager, as Employer, will deal with procedures concerning an allegation against a staff member. The DLP/DDLP will only concern themselves with reporting to the relevant Health Board, if necessary.
- All staff are asked to familiarise themselves with the following publications, available in the Staffroom:
- School Policies – Anti-Bullying, Pastoral Care, Health & Safety etc.
- ‘Children First’ – National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children
- ‘Our Duty to Care’ – The Principles of Good Practice for the Protection of Children and Young People
- D.E.S. Child Protection Guidelines for Post Primary Schools