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 Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment

 

Written Assessment of Risk of St James’s Primary 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 St James’s Primary School.

  1. List of school activities
 

 

Daily arrival and dismissal of pupils

 Recreation breaks for pupils

 Classroom teaching

 One-to-one teaching

 One-to-one counselling

 Outdoor teaching activities

 Sporting Activities

 School outings

 Use of toilet/changing/shower areas in schools

 Annual Sports Day

„        School concerts

 Fundraising events involving pupils

 Use of off-site facilities for school activities

 School transport arrangements including use of bus escorts

 Care of children with special educational needs, including intimate care where

needed,

 Care of any vulnerable adult students, including intimate care where needed

 Management of challenging behaviour amongst pupils, including appropriate

use of restraint where required

 Administration of Medicine

 Administration of First Aid

 Curricular provision in respect of SPHE, RSE, Stay Safe

 Prevention and dealing with bullying amongst pupils

 Training of school personnel in child protection matters

 Use of external personnel to supplement curriculum

 Use of external personnel to support sports and other extra-curricular activities

 Care of pupils with specific vulnerabilities/ needs such as

– 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

 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

 Participation by pupils in religious ceremonies/religious instruction external to

the school

 Use of Information and Communication Technology by pupils in school

 Application of sanctions under the school’s Code of Behaviour including

detention of pupils, confiscation of phones etc.

 Students participating in work experience in the school

 Student teachers undertaking training placement in school

 Use of video/photography/other media to record school events

„        After school use of school premises by other organisations

„        Use of school premises by other organisation during school day

„        Breakfast club

„        Homework club/evening study

 

  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 –
 

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

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