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List of School Activities Risk Level The School has identified the following Risk of Harm The School has the following Procedures in place to address risk identified in this assessment
Training of school personnel in Child Protection matters High Harm not recognised or reported promptly
  • Child Safeguarding Statement & DES procedures made available to all staff
  • DLP& DDLP to attend PDST face to face training All Staff to view Túsla training module & any other online training offered by PDST
  • BOM records all records of staff and board training
One to one teaching Medium Harm by school personnel
  • School has policy in place for one to one teaching
  • Open doors
  • Table between teacher and pupil
  • Glass in window
Care of Children with special needs High Harm by school personnel
  • Policy on Special Needs
Toilet areas High Inappropriate behaviour
  • Usage and supervision policy
Curricular Provision in respect of SPHE, RSE, Stay safe. Medium Non-teaching of same
  • School implements SPHE, RSE, Stay Safe in full
Daily arrival and dismissal of pupils Medium Harm from older pupils, unknown adults on the playground
  • Arrival and dismissal supervised by Teachers
Managing of challenging behaviour amongst pupils, including appropriate use of restraint High Injury to pupils and staff
  • Restraint Policy
  • Health & Safety Policy
  • Code Of Behaviour
Sports Coaches Low Harm to pupils
  • Policy & Procedures in place
  • Class teacher – always present.
Students participating in work experience Low Harm by pupils
  • Work experience Policy
  • Child Safeguarding Statement.
Recreation breaks for pupils High Injury
Bullying
  • Code of Behaviour
  • Anti-Bullying Policy
Sporting Activities High Harm to pupils
  • Health and Safety policy
  • Teacher training
School outings Medium Harm to pupils
  • Code of Behaviour
  • Extra staff for supervision
School trips involving overnight stay High Harm to pupils
  • Code of Behaviour
  • Child Safeguarding Statement
  • Extra staff for supervision
Use of toilet/changing/shower areas in schools High Harm to pupils
  • Adequate supervision
  • Child Safeguarding Statement
Annual Sports Day High Harm to pupils
  • Adequate supervision
  • Clear time-tabling
Use of off-site facilities for school activities High Harm to pupils
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Code of Behaviour
  • Adequate supervision
Management of challenging behaviour amongst pupils, including appropriate use of restraint where required Medium Harm to pupils
  • Behaviour Policy
  • Health and Safety Policy
Administration of Medicine

Administration of First Aid
High Harm to pupils
  • Administration of Medicines Policy
  • First Aid Training for Staff
  • Health and Safety policy
Curricular provision in respect of SPHE, RSE, Stay Safe Low Non delivery of curriculum
  • Clear planning and implementation of lessons in this curricular area
Prevention and dealing with bullying amongst pupils Medium Harm to pupils
  • Code of Behaviour
  • Stay Safe
  • Circle Time
  • Encouraging ‘telling’
Training of school personnel in child protection matters Low Training not undertaken by staff
  • Tusla training course for all staff
  • PDST training course for all staff
Recruitment of school personnel including -
  • Teachers
  • SNA’s
  • Caretaker/Secretary/Cleaners
  • 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
Low Harm not recognised or properly or promptly reported
  • Child Safeguarding Statement & DES procedures made available to all staff
  • Staff to view Tusla training module & any other online training offered by PDST
  • Vetting Procedures
  • Policy of Parents / Volunteers Policy on Visiting Contractors
Use of Information and Communication Technology by pupils in school

Due to Covid-19, in the event of a school/class closure, will use remote learning to continue teaching and learning. 
High Bullying
Children unsupervised at home while completing schoolwork remotely
School recommends children are supervised at all times during online work
  • ICT policy and AUP Policy
  • Anti-Bullying Policy
  • Code of Behaviour
  • Supervised at all times
  • Phone Policy
Application of sanctions under the school’s Code of Behaviour including detention of pupils, confiscation of phones etc. Low Harm to pupils
  • Adequate supervision of pupils
  • Phone Policy
Student teachers undertaking training placement in school Medium Unsupervised with pupils
  • Class teacher present
  • Health and safety Policy

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 on 22.09.2020. It will be reviewed as part of the school’s annual review of its Child Safeguarding Statement.

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Chairperson, Board of Management
​​​​​​​Date: 22/9/2020

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Principal/Secretary to the Board of Management
Date: 22/9/2020