Child Protection Training for Boards of Management
All members of boards of management are entitled to access a training course and a whole host of resources on this topic which are available on our online training site.
You will need to register on the site first and then enrol on the Child Protection module where you will be asked to enter an enrolment key. This key was emailed to all board members on15 May 2013. If you have lost this please contact the national office and we will be happy to tell you what it is. You only need the key the first time that you enter the course - the system will remember you once you log in after this.
In 2011, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs produced Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children. In this document, the responsibility of Boards of Management is clearly set out
It is the responsibility of the Board of Management of each school:
(i) to have clear procedures, which teachers and other school staff must follow where they suspect, or are alerted to, possible child abuse or neglect, including where a child discloses abuse or neglect;
(ii) to designate a senior member of staff to have specific responsibility for child protection (see Chapter 3, Section 3.3 for role of designated liaison persons). In larger schools, it may be necessary that the role be designated to other staff to ensure timely sharing of concerns, in which case organisational accountability must be kept;
(iii) to monitor the progress of children considered to be at risk;
(iv) to contribute to the prevention of child abuse or neglect through curricular provision;
(v) to provide or access in-service training for teachers and members of the Board of Management to ensure that they have a good working knowledge of child protection issues and procedures;
(vi) to have clear written procedures in place concerning action to be taken where allegations are received against school employees.
The Department of Education and Skills issued Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools. This document includes a template Child Protection Policy for schools.
On 25th April 2012, Minister Frances Fitzgerald published the Heads of the Children First Bill, which will put the Children First Guidelines on a statutory basis.