0065/2011 - Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools

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Click here to download Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools

Click here to download Maria Doyle's Child Protection presentation and additional resources delivered at Principals' Professional Briefing Day 2011

Main changes for Principals:
• As Designated Liaison Person (DLP), Principals and Deputy Principals will need to be familiar with the new publications immediately.  Ensure that all staff members, BoM and Parent Association have a copy of the new circular
• Ensure that strict records are kept in relation to child protection concerns. Discuss with staff what you require from them in terms of recording, tracking and reporting
• The Principal’s Report to each Board of Management meeting must now contain the number of child protection cases where advice was sought from HSE (even if no further action was advised) and where formal referrals were made to HSE
• An annual review of your schools Child Protection Policy must be undertaken by the BoM and completion of this annual review must be communicated to the Parent Association in writing
• Enquire about all available training for staff in the area of child protection and welfare. Contact the Child Abuse Prevention Programme team for advice on Stay Safe and child protection training
• Ensure that you have all important contact details for key child protection personnel to hand
• Familiarise yourself with legislation which is relevant in relation to your role as DLP. See Legal Diary in Leadership+

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