Mohill School Crest

Mohill Community College Child Safeguarding Written Risk Assessment

 

Written Assessment of Risk

In accordance with section 11 of the Children First Act 2015 and with the requirement of Chapter 8 of the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017, the following is the Written Risk Assessment of Mohill Community College.

 

  1. List of school activities

 

In brackets are suggested Procedure/s which correspond to each school activity.

These Procedures are listed in Part 3 of this Risk Assessment.

Procedures 1, 2, 3, 10, 11 and 17 apply to all school activities.

1. Daily arrival and dismissal of pupils (8)

2. Recreation breaks for pupils (8)

3. Classroom teaching (12, 17 Open door policy-protocols)

4. One-to-one teaching (14,15,16 )

5. One-to-one counselling (15,27)

6. Outdoor teaching activities (10, 21, supervision)

7. Sporting Activities (10, 25)

8. School outings (9, 10, 12, 19)

9. School trips involving overnight stay (9, 10, 12, 19)

10. School trips involving foreign travel (9, 10, 12, 19)

11. Use of toilet/changing/shower areas in schools (5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 19, 21)

12. Annual Sports Day (10, 19, new policy)

13. Fundraising events involving pupils (19 New policy)

14. Use of off-site facilities for school activities (10, 19 – Request facilities CSS & Risk Assessment)

15. School transport arrangements including use of bus escorts (19, 11)

16. Care of children with special educational needs, including intimate care where needed, (10, 14, 15)

17. Care of any vulnerable adult students, including intimate care where needed (10, 14, 15)

18. Management of challenging behaviour amongst pupils, including appropriate use of restraint where required (19 – New Policy and staff training)

29. Administration of Medicine (16)

20. Administration of First Aid (18)

21. Curricular provision in respect of SPHE, RSE, Stay Safe (5, 6)

22. Prevention and dealing with bullying amongst pupils (6, 7, 19)

23. Training of school personnel in child protection matters (17)

24. Use of external personnel to supplement curriculum (24)

25. Use of external personnel to support sports and other extra-curricular activities (25)

26. Care of pupils with specific vulnerabilities/ needs such as (5, 6, 7)

·        Pupils from ethnic minorities/migrants

·        Members of the Traveller community

·        Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) children

·        Pupils perceived to be LGBT

·        Pupils of minority religious faiths

·        Children in care

·        Children on CPNS (Child Protection Notification System)

27. Recruitment of school personnel including – New Policy

·        Teachers/SNAs (ETB HR)

·        Caretaker/Secretary/Cleaners (ETB HR)

·        Sports coaches

·        External Tutors/Guest Speakers

·        Volunteers/Parents in school activities

·        Visitors/contractors present in school during school hours

·        Visitors/contractors present during after school activities

28. Participation by pupils in religious ceremonies/religious instruction external to the school (New Policy)

29. Use of Information and Communication Technology by pupils in school (20, 21)

30. Application of sanctions under the school’s Code of Behaviour including detention of pupils, confiscation of phones etc. (19, 21, 31)

31. Students participating in work experience in the school (19, 29)

32. Students from the school participating in work experience elsewhere (19, 30)

33. Student teachers undertaking training placement in school ( 28)

34. Use of video/photography/other media to record school events (20, 21)

35. After school use of school premises by other organisations (New policy)

36. Use of school premises by other organisation during school day (New policy)

37. Homework club/evening study (New policy)

38. Lunchtime Activities including additional teaching and recreational activities (7, 8, 18, 19, 21, 24, 25)

39. After school activities including additional teaching and recreational activities (7, 8, 18, 19, 21, 24, 25, 26)

 

  1. The school has identified the following risk of harm in respect of its activities –
 

·        Risk of harm not being recognised by school personnel

·        Risk of harm not being reported properly and promptly by school personnel

·        Risk of child being harmed in the school by a member of school personnel

·        Risk of child being harmed in the school by another child

·        Risk of child being harmed in the school by volunteer or visitor to the school

·        Risk of child being harmed by a member of school personnel, a member of staff of another organisation or other person while child participating in out of school activities e.g. school trip, swimming lessons

·        Risk of harm due to bullying of child

·        Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children in school

·        Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children while attending out of school activities

·        Risk of harm due to inappropriate relationship/communications between child and another child or adult

·        Risk of harm due to children inappropriately accessing/using computers, social media, phones and other devices while at school

·        Risk of harm to children with SEN who have particular vulnerabilities

·        Risk of harm to child while a child is receiving intimate care

·        Risk of harm due to inadequate code of behaviour

·        Risk of harm in one-to-one teaching, counselling, coaching situation

·        Risk of harm caused by member of school personnel communicating with pupils in appropriate manner via social media, texting, digital device or other manner

·        Risk of harm caused by member of school personnel accessing/circulating inappropriate material via social media, texting, digital device or other manner

 

 

 

  1. The school has the following procedures in place to address the risks of harm identified in this assessment –

 

The number of the suggested Procedure is in brackets after each school activity in section 1.  Some of the policies listed below are a work in progress.1. All school personnel are provided with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement

2. The Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017 are made available to all school personnel

3. School Personnel are required to adhere to the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017 and all registered teaching staff are required to adhere to the Children First Act 2015

4. The school implements in full the Stay Safe Programme

5. The school implements in full the SPHE curriculum

6. The school implements in full the Wellbeing Programme at Junior Cycle

7. The school has an Anti-Bullying Policy which fully adheres to the requirements of the Department’s Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools

8. The school has a yard/playground supervision policy to ensure appropriate supervision of children during, assembly, dismissal and breaks and in respect of specific areas such as toilets, changing rooms etc.

9. The school has in place a policy and clear procedures in respect of School Outings

10. The school has a Health and Safety Policy

11. The school adheres to the requirements of the Garda Vetting legislation and relevant DES circulars in relation to recruitment and Garda Vetting

12. The school has Codes of Conduct for school personnel (teaching and non-teaching staff)

13. The school complies with the agreed Disciplinary Procedures for teaching staff

14. The school has a Special Educational Needs Policy

15. The school has an intimate care policy/plan in respect of students who require such care

16. The school has in place a policy and procedures for the administration of medication to pupils

17. The school –

·        Has provided each member of school staff with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement

·        Ensures all new staff are provided with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement

·        Encourages staff to avail of relevant training

·        Encourages board of management members to avail of relevant training

·        Maintains records of all staff and board member training

18. The school has in place a policy and procedures for the administration of First Aid

19. The school has in place a Code of Behaviour for pupils

20. The school has in place an ICT Policy in respect of usage of ICT by pupils

21. The school has in place a Mobile Phone Policy in respect of usage of mobile phones by pupils

22. The school has in place a Critical Incident Management Plan

23. The school has in place a Home School Liaison Policy and related procedures

24. The school has in place a policy and procedures for the use of external persons to supplement delivery of the curriculum

25. The school has in place a policy and procedures for the use of external sports coaches

26. The school has in place a policy and clear procedures for one-to-one teaching activities

27. The school has in place a policy and procedures for one-to-one counselling

28. The school has in place a policy and procedures in respect of student teacher placements

29. The school has in place a policy and procedures in respect of students undertaking work experience in the school

30. The school has in place a policy and procedures in respect of pupils of the school undertaking work experience in external organisations

 

Important Note:  It should be noted that risk in the context of this risk assessment is the risk of

“harm” as defined in the Children First Act 2015 and not general health and safety risk.  The definition

of harm is set out in Chapter 4 of the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post- Primary

 Schools 2017

 

In undertaking this risk assessment, the Board of Management has endeavoured to identify as far as possible the risks of harm that are relevant to this school and to ensure that adequate procedures are in place to manage all risks identified.  While it is not possible to foresee and remove all risk of harm, the school has in place the procedures listed in this risk assessment to manage and reduce risk to the greatest possible extent.

This risk assessment has been completed by the Board of Management 9th April 2018 [date].  It shall be reviewed as part of the school’s annual review of its Child Safeguarding Statement.

 

Signed Malachy Molloy                                                                      Date  9th April 2018

 

Chairperson, Board of Management (Acting)

 

Signed  Una Duffy                                                                              Date  9th April 2018

 

Principal/Secretary to the Board of Management