Child Protection Policy of Kilkenny City Vocational School

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. Accordingly, in accordance with the requirements of the Department of Education and Skill’s Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools, the Board of Management of Kilkenny City Vocational School 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.
  1. The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Cathy McSorley
  1. The Deputy Designated Liaison Person is (Deputy DLP)                 Annmarie Bergin

(Acting for L. Thornton)

  1. In its policies, practices and activities, Kilkenny City Vocational School 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.

  1. This section of the child protection policy should be used to list school policies, practices and activities that are particularly relevant to child protection:
  1. The Code of Behaviour
  2. Anti-Bullying 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.

  1. This policy has been made available to school personnel and the Parents’ 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.
  1. This policy will be reviewed by the Board of Management once in every school year.

Child Protection Procedures

The KCVS 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. Accordingly, in conjunction with the requirements of the Department of Education & Skills Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools, the Board of Management of KCVS 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.
  2. The Designated Liaison Person is Ms. Cathy McSorley (Principal).
  3. The Deputy Designated Liaison Person is Ms. Elizabeth Thornton, Assistant Principal.
  4. In its policies, practices and activities, KCVS will adhere to the following principles of best practice in child protection and welfare.

The School – KCVS will:

Recognise that the protection 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 and 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.

5. The following is a list of School Policies, practices and activities that are particularly relevant to child protection:

  • Mission statement
  • Student progress and levels of attainment
  • Internet Acceptable Use
  • Extra-curricular activity
  • Code of Behaviour
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Class Teacher system and Inclusion Team
  • Stay in School Committee
  • Guidance
  • Student empowerment, involvement and representation (Student Council)
  • Suicide prevention
  • Substance use
  • Counselling
  • Critical Incident Policy
  • Student attendance
  • Communication structures between home and school
  • Health and Safety statement/fire drill procedures
  • Breakfast, Lunch and After School Clubs

The board has ensured that the necessary policies, protocols or practices as appropriate are in place in respect of the above listed items.

6. This policy has been made available to school personnel and the Parents Association and is readily accessible to parents on request. A copy of this policy will be made available to the Department and KCETB if requested.

7. The policy will be reviewed by the BOM once in every school year.

Formal training for all employees in child protection matters was conducted on 8th February 2015.

This policy was last reviewed and signed on 5th October 2015.

 

Signed:                                                            Signed:

Ms. C McSorley                                  Mr. Matt Doran

 

Signed:

 

Chairperson – BOM

26th September 2016

 

Will be formally reviewed again – September 2017