Hedgestown National School

Child Safeguarding Statement

Child Safeguarding Statement


Template 1: Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment Template

Written Assessment of Risk of Hedgestown Nation School


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 Hedgestown National School.


1. List of school activities

  1. Daily arrival and dismissal of pupils.
  2. Recreation breaks for pupils.
  3. Classroom teaching.
  4. One-to-one teaching.
  5. Outdoor teaching activities.
  6. Sporting activities.
  7. School Outings.
  8. Annual Sporting Day.
  9. Swimming.
  10. Use of off-site facilities for school activities.
  11. Administration of first aid/medicine to pupils.
  12. Prevention of and dealing with Bullying in the school.
  13. Training staff in Child Protection matters.
  14. Use of external personnel to support sports and other extra-curricular activities.
  15. Care of pupils with specific needs/vulnerabilities.
  16. School transport arrangements including use of private bus hire.
  17. Participation by pupils in religious ceremonies external to the school.
  18. Use of Information and communication technology by pupils in the school.
  19. Use of video /photography/other medial to record school events.


2. The school has identified the following risk of harm in respect of its activities -

  1. Risk of harm due to the Board of management and School Personnel not recognising potential risk of harm to children.
  2. Risk of harm due to incidents not being properly and promptly reported.
  3. Risk of harm due to the behaviour of another child.
  4. Risk of harm by Staff, Volunteers and other persons outside of the school staff during out of school activities including participation by pupils in religious ceremonies external to the school.
  5. Risk of harm due to bullying of a child
  6. Risk of harm due to inadequate supervision of children while in the school.
  7. Risk of harm due to children/staff inappropriately accessing/using computers, social media, phones and other devices while at school.
  8. Risk of harm due to inappropriate use of video, photography and/or other media images of children or staff of the school.


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

  1. The School Board of management and Staff will complete relevant Child Safeguarding Training in order to be clear of their responsibilities in line with Children First Act 2017.
  2. The School has a clear written policy for Staff which outlines their responsibilities in relation to promptly reporting Child Protection Concerns.
  3. The School has a clear written policy for tackling Bullying in the school.
  4. All Adults who act on behalf of the School are Garda Vetted and given a copy of the School Child Protection Policy.
  5. Staff understand the increased risk of harm to children in their care when going on out of school activities and take appropriate/reasonable measures to protect children.
  6. The specific risks which exist when bringing children swimming are recognised and covered in our existing Child Protection Policy.
  7. The Risk of Harm to children while on the school grounds, before and after school and while on breaks is recognised and dealt with by a clear supervision policy.
  8. The school will implement in full the Stay Safe Programme, SPHE curriculum and other agreed programmes to best protect/educate the children of the school.
  9. The school has in place an ICT Policy in respect of usage of ICT by Staff and pupils.
  10. The School’s Child protection policy covers how best to safety obtain and use the images of children and staff to record school events.

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 21/02/18.  It shall be reviewed as part of the school’s annual review of its Child Safeguarding Statement.


Signed _____________________________________ Date ________________

Chairperson, Board of Management


Signed _____________________________________ Date ________________

Principal/Secretary to the Board of Management


Template 2: Child Safeguarding Statement Template


Hedgestown National School is a primary school providing primary education to pupils from Junior Infants to Sixth Class.


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 Hedgestown National School has agreed the Child Safeguarding Statement set out in this document.


  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 2017 as part of this overall Child Safeguarding Statement


  1. The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Colm Lalor


  1. The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is Aine Doyle


  1. 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:


The school will:

  • 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.


The school will also adhere to the above principles in relation to any adult pupil with a special vulnerability.


  1. The following procedures/measures are in place:
  • In relation to any member of staff who is the subject of any investigation (howsoever described) in respect of any act, omission or circumstance in respect of a child attending the school, the school adheres to the relevant procedures set out in Chapter 7 of the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017 and to the relevant agreed disciplinary procedures for school staff which are published on the DES website. 
  • In relation to the selection or recruitment of staff and their suitability to work with children, the school adheres to the statutory vetting requirements of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 and to the wider duty of care guidance set out in relevant Garda vetting and recruitment circulars published by the DES and available on the DES website.
  • In relation to the provision of information and, where necessary, instruction and training, to staff in respect of the identification of the occurrence of harm (as defined in the 2015 Act) the school-
  • Has provided each member of 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
  • The Board of Management maintains records of all staff and Board member training
  • In relation to reporting of child protection concerns to Tusla, all school personnel are required to adhere to the procedures set out in the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017, including in the case of registered teachers, those in relation to mandated reporting under the Children First Act 2015.
  • In this school the Board has appointed the above named DLP as the “relevant person” (as defined in the Children First Act 2015) to be the first point of contact in respect of the s child safeguarding statement.
  • All registered teachers employed by the school are mandated persons under the Children First Act 2015.
  • In accordance with the Children First Act 2015, the Board has carried out an assessment of any potential for harm to a child while attending the school or participating in school activities. A written assessment setting out the areas of risk identified and the school’s procedures for managing those risks is attached as an appendix to this statement.
  • The various procedures referred to in this Statement can be accessed via the school’s website, the DES website or will be made available on request by the school.


  1. This statement has been published on the school’s website and has been provided to all members of school personnel, the Parents’ Association (if any) and the patron.  It is readily accessible to parents and guardians on request. A copy of this Statement will be made available to Tusla and the Department if requested. 


  1. This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed annually or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which this statement refers.


This Child Safeguarding Statement was adopted by the Board of Management on 21/02/18.


Signed: _________________________               Signed: ____________________________

Chairperson of Board of Management                 Principal/Secretary to the Board of Management



Date:     __________________________                        Date:    __________________­­­­­­­_