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Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment

(of any potential harm)


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 Low Harm not recognised or reported promptly Child Safeguarding Statement & DES procedures made available to all staff


DLP& DDLP to attended PDST face to face training

All Staff undertook Túsla training module & viewed DES webinar


BOM records all records of staff and board training

One to one teaching Med Harm by school personnel SET policy emphasises in-class support

Open doors / glass in door

Table between teacher and pupil unless specific teaching objective requires otherwise.


Classroom Teaching Low Harm or injury to pupil Supervision practices

Code of Behaviour

Classroom Routines

Health & Safety Policies

Curricular Provision in respect of SPHE, RSE and Stay Safe Low Non-teaching of Same School implements SPHE, RSE, Stay Safe in full which are monitored in cuntais.
Daily arrival and dismissal of pupils Low Harm from older pupils, unknown adults at gate Arrival and morning supervision rota

dismissal supervised by Teachers and SNAs

Care of Children with special needs, including intimate care needs Med Harm by school personnel Intimate care practice

Staff training

Toilet areas low Inappropriate behaviour Routines and practices for Usage and supervision

One child per toilet

Use of inside toilet during break accessed through main door

List of School Activities Risk


The school has identified the following risk of Harm Procedures in place to address risk identified
LGBT Children/Pupils perceived to be LGBT Low Bullying Anti-Bullying Policy

Code of Behaviour


Use of Toilets / Changing Facilities Med Harm to Pupils Supervision Practices

Use of one cubicle per child

Student teachers undertaking training placement in school


Low Harm by student teacher Teaching Placement practices- teacher remains in the classroom

School adheres to the statutory requirement of Garda vetting

Sports Coaches Med Harm to pupils Policy & Procedures in place

Statutory requirement of Garda Vetting adhered to

Students participating in work experience Low Harm by student Work experience practices

Child Safeguarding Statement.

Statutory requirement for Garda Vetting adhered to

Recreation breaks for pupils High Harm by pupil


Supervision practices

Code of Behaviour

Anti-Bullying Policy

School Outings Med Injury to Pupil Policy on Tours and Outings

Permission slips stored in office

At least 2 school personnel on outings

Use of off-site facilities for school activities Low Loss of Pupil

Safety of Venue

Policy of School Tours & Outings

Use of Approved venues and camps with vetted personnel

Outdoor teaching activities


Low Harm to Pupil Appropriate pupil teacher ratio

Prior visit to site

Sporting Activities


Low Harm to Pupils Policy on Tours & Outings

P.E. Policy

Code of Behaviour

Homework club/fun club


Low Harm to pupils Tusla Guidelines

Statutory Garda Vetting and CP training

List of School Activities   The School has   identified the following Risk of Harm


The School has the following Procedures in place to address risk identified in this assessment
Annual Sports Day / Week


Low Harm / injury to pupil Preparation and planning


Supervision of pupils


School transport arrangements


low Vehicle suitability

Harm to pupil

Bus companies meet safety requirements

Policy on Tours & Outings

Management of challenging behaviour amongst pupils, including appropriate use of restraint where required


Low Injury to pupil

Injury to school personnel

Code of Behaviour

Code of Professional Conduct

Anti-Bullying policy

Administration of Medicine

Administration of First Aid


Low Inappropriate use of medication Administration of Medicine policy & procedures

Health & Safety Policy

Prevention and dealing with bullying amongst pupils


Med Harm to pupil by pupil(s) Anti-Bullying Policy & Procedures

Code of Behaviour

Teaching of Stay Safe and Internet safety

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


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

List of School Activities   The School has   identified the following Risk of Harm


The School has the following Procedures in place to address risk identified in this assessment
Use of Information and Communication Technology by pupils in school


Low Bullying

Inappropriate / harmful content

ICT policy – supervision of pupils

SPHE materials include Webwise

Prim-Ed CyberBullying books

Anti-Bullying Policy

Code of Behaviour

Access Filters

Application of sanctions under the school’s Code of Behaviour including detention of pupils, confiscation of phones etc.


Low Bullying School’s Code of Behaviour
Use of video/photography/other media to record school events


Low Inappropriate use or distribution of content

Data Breech

Practices and procedures in relation to photography and recordings
After school use of school premises by other organisations


Low Risk of Data breech BOM Policy on non-use of school premises

Data Protection Policy & Practices

Sensitive material is locked away securely.


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 21st March 2019.  It willl be reviewed as part of the school’s annual review of its Child Safeguarding Statement.


Signed : Lily Cronin                                                                                                              Alison Coffey

Chairperson, Board of Management                                                                           Principal