Child Protection Policy

Child Protection Policy

The Board of Management (BOM) of Oatlands College 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. This policy was ratified by the Board of Management on

Accordingly, the Board of Management of Oatlands College has agreed the following Child Protection Policy:

1. The Board of Management has adopted and implements fully, without modification, the Department of Education and Skills’ Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools as part of this overall Child Protection Policy.

2. The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is the School Principal, Mrs Caroline Garrett.

3. The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (DDLP) is the School Deputy Principal, Mr. Robert Browne.

4. In its policies, procedures, practices and activities, Oatlands College 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 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 education;

• fully respect confidentiality requirements in dealing with Child Protection matters.

The following policies, procedures, practices and activities are particularly relevant to Child Protection: Code of Behaviour Policy, Anti-Bullying Policy, attendance and supervision of pupils such as, but not just wholly, sporting activities, school outings and excursions, pupil work placements, etc.

The Board of Management has ensured that the necessary policies, protocols and practices, as appropriate are in place, in respect of each of the above listed items.

1. This policy has been made available to school personnel and the Parents’ Association and is readily accessible to parents. A copy of this policy will be made available to the Department of Education and Skills and the patron, if requested.

2. This policy will be reviewed by the Board of Management once in every school year.