other policies
 

Other Policies available in the school are as follows

  • Code of Discipline

 

  • Anti-Bullying Policy (Revised 2013) see below

 

  • Acceptable usage Policy(For internet usage)

 

  • Substance use policy

 

  • Health and safety policy

 

  • Special Needs Policy

 

  • Child Safeguarding Statement (See below)

 

 

 

Anti-bullying policy of All Saints’ National School
1. In accordance with the requirements of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000 and the code of behaviour guidelines issued by the NEWB, the Board of Management of All Saints’ National school has adopted the following anti-bullying policy within the framework of the school’s overall code of behaviour. This policy fully complies with the requirements of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools which were published in September 2013.

2. The Board of Management recognises the very serious nature of bullying and the negative impact that it can have on the lives of pupils and is therefore fully committed to the following key principles of best practice in preventing and tackling bullying behaviour:

  • A positive school culture and climate which-
    • is welcoming of difference and diversity and is based on inclusivity;
    • encourages pupils to disclose and discuss incidents of bullying behaviour in a non-threatening environment; and
    • promotes respectful relationships across the school community;

 

  • Effective leadership;
  • A school-wide approach;
  • A shared understanding of what bullying is and its impact;
  • Implementation of education and prevention strategies (including awareness raising measures) that-
    • build empathy, respect and resilience in pupils; and
    • explicitly address the issues of cyber-bullying and identity-based bullying including in particular, homophobic and transphobic bullying.
  • Effective supervision and monitoring of pupils;
  • Supports for staff;
  • Consistent recording, investigation and follow up of bullying behaviour (including use of established intervention strategies); and
  • On-going evaluation of the effectiveness of the anti-bullying policy. 

 

3. In accordance with the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools bullying is defined as follows:

Bullying is unwanted negative behaviour, verbal, psychological or physical conducted, by an individual or group against another person (or persons) and which is repeated over time.
The following types of bullying behaviour are included in the definition of bullying:

  • deliberate exclusion, malicious gossip and other forms of relational bullying,
  • cyber-bullying and
  • identity-based bullying such as homophobic bullying, racist bullying, bullying based on a person’s membership of the Traveller community and bullying of those with disabilities or special educational needs.

Isolated or once-off incidents of intentional negative behaviour, including a once-off offensive or hurtful text message or other private messaging, do not fall within the definition of bullying and should be dealt with, as appropriate, in accordance with the school’s code of behaviour.
However, in the context of this policy, placing a once-off offensive or hurtful public message, image or statement on a social network site or other public forum where that message, image or statement can be viewed and/or repeated by other people will be regarded as bullying behaviour.
Negative behaviour that does not meet this definition of bullying will be dealt with in accordance with the school’s code of behaviour.
Additional information on different types of bullying is set out in Section 2 of the Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools.

 

4. The relevant teacher(s) for investigating and dealing with bullying is (are) as follows: 

  • The child’s class teacher will be the first to investigate and deal with an incident of bullying. If bullying persists the principal will be informed.

 

5. The education and prevention strategies (including strategies specifically aimed at cyber- bullying and identity-based bullying including in particular, homophobic and transphobic bullying) that will be used by the school are as follows

  • Creation of a culture of “telling”
  • Teachers should repeatedly reinforce the message that if anyone is the victim of bullying behaviour, they should not retaliate in any way, but they should tell an adult. Victims should be reassured that if they tell, something will be done about the bullying in a safe manner and all reported incidents will be dealt with.
  • Class lessons to enable pupils “how to tell”
  • Bystanders can be the key to resolving bullying and if anyone witnesses bullying behaviour, they should always tell a teacher. This is not telling tales but a means of protecting victims.

 

  • The school has a policy of no mobile phones in school
  • Children are supervised by an adult when using the internet
  • There is a filtering system in place to ban certain websites i.e. You Tube
  • SPHE programme in each class deals with the issue of bullying and appropriate strategies to deal with bullying are taught to each class.
  • Parents are informed of Anti-Bullying sessions which they are invited to attend.
  • Children in 5th class will complete the Friends for Life programme which deals with self-esteem issues. This programme has been recommended by NEPS. It helps to build empathy, respect and resilience in pupils.
  • Webwise programme from 1st class to 6th class
  • Placing a worry box in the classroom from 1st to 6th class, where children can write down any incidents that they witness or is happening to them.

As every effort is made during the school day to prevent cyber bullying the school cannot control the use of social media devices at home. Parents will be informed of instances of cyber bullying outside of school which are reported to the staff.

6. The school’s procedures for investigation, follow-up and recording of bullying behaviour and the established intervention strategies used by the school for dealing with cases of bullying behaviour are as follows
 

  • The class teacher in consultation with supervising teacher on yard will investigate the incident or incidences of bullying.
  • When a pupil tells a teacher s/he is being bullied, it is important to gather all of the facts from both sides (What, where, when, who, why)
  • Instances are investigated outside the classroom to avoid public humiliations.
  • Where possible a witness is present. Sides are listened to separately and notes are taken.
  • The notes are brief, factual and should be void of emotional or judgemental language.
  • Information spoken about should not become available, so that the victim would be further tormented. (Needs to know basis)
  • Parents/ Guardians of victims should be informed of the nature of the incident(s)

Once all of the facts have been acquired and it has been established that bullying has indeed taken place, suitable sanctions should be imposed on the bully. In accordance with the school’s Code of Behaviour these sanctions vary, depending on the seriousness of the infringement, and may include some or all of the following:

  • Informing Principal
  • Informing Parents / Guardians
  • Temporary separation in the classroom
  • Temporary withdrawal from class
  • Formal meeting with parents / guardians. During this meeting discussions with those involved as to how problem may be resolved will occur. Children may be asked to sign a contract or agreement about future behaviour.
  • Informing BOM (if situation is not resolved)
  • Suspension (BOM Guidelines)
  • Expulsion (refer to Code of Behaviour Policy)

 

Following imposition of the appropriate sanction(s), the teacher monitors closely the relationships between those involved. Reconciliation of all is seen as the ultimate goal.

7. The school’s programme of support for working with pupils affected by bullying is as follows:

  • Pupils affected by bullying are reassured from the outset that they are not to blame.
  • Strategies for restoring self-esteem are explored between teacher and parents/guardians.
  • Where deemed necessary, the child in consultation with parents maybe referred for counseling.
  • Staged approach – Class support, School support (as per Continuum – Behavioural, Emotional and Social difficulties – NEPS)
  • The parents of the pupils concerned will be advised to contact the local Gardaí if appropriate.

 

8. Supervision and Monitoring of Pupils

The Board of Management confirms that appropriate supervision and monitoring policies and practices are in place to both prevent and deal with bullying behaviour and to facilitate early intervention where possible.

9. Prevention of Harassment

The Board of Management confirms that the school will, in accordance with its obligations under equality legislation, take all such steps that are reasonably practicable to prevent the sexual harassment of pupils or staff or the harassment of pupils or staff on any of the nine grounds specified i.e. gender including transgender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race and membership of the Traveller community.

10. This policy was adopted by the Board of Management on ________________ [date].

11. This policy has been made available to school personnel, published on the school website and provided to the Parents’ Association. A copy of this policy will be made available to the Department and the patron if requested.

12. This policy and its implementation will be reviewed by the Board of Management once in every school year. Written notification that the review has been completed will be made available to school personnel, published on the school website and provided to the Parents’ Association. A record of the review and its outcome will be made available, if requested, to the patron and the Department.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Child Safeguarding Statement


All Saints’ NS 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 All Saints’ NS 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.
  2. The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is: Mrs Fiona Gallagher.
  3. The Acting Deputy Designated Liaison Person (DDLP) is: Mrs Noeleen Mc Kenna.
  4. 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. The school will adhere to the following principles of best practice in child protection and welfare.

      The school will:

    • a. recognise that the protection and welfare of children is of paramount importance, regardless of all other considerations

 

    b. fully comply with its statutory obligations under the Children First Act 2015 and other relevant legislation relating to the protection and welfare of children

    c. fully co-operate with the relevant statutory authorities in relation to child protection and welfare matters

 

    d. 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

    e. develop a practice of openness with parents and encourage parental involvement in the education of their children; and

 

    f. 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 procedures/measures are in place:

    a. 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.

 

    b. 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.

    c. 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:

      1. Has provided each member of staff with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement
      2. Ensures all new staff  are provided with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement
      3. Encourages staff to avail of relevant training
      4. Encourages Board of Management members to avail of relevant training
      5. The Board of Management maintains records of all staff and Board member training.

 

    d. 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.

    e. 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 school’s child safeguarding statement.

 

6. All registered teachers employed by the school are mandated persons under the Children First Act 2015

7. 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 these procedures

 

8. 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.

    

9. 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.

10. 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 9th March 2018

Signed: _________________________                Signed: __
Chairperson of BoM                                             Principal/Secretary to the BoM
    
Date:     ________________________                Date:    __________

 

 

 

 


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