The Board of Management recognises that child protection and welfare considerations permeate all aspects of school life and must be reflected in all of the school’s policies, practices and activities. Accordingly, in accordance with the requirements of the Department of Education and Skills’ Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools, the Board of Management of Star of the Sea N.S. has agreed the following child protection policy:

The Board of Management has adopted and will implement fully and without modification the Department’s Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools ( as part of this overall child protection policy.

The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Martina Prendergast, Principal.
The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is Eleanor Kehoe, Deputy Principal.

In its policies, practices and activities, Star of the Sea N.S. 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 children; and
fully respect confidentiality requirements in dealing with child protection matters.

The following school policies and protocols which support the Child Protection Policy are already in place in the school:

Code of Behaviour and Anti Bullying Policy
Health and Safety Statement
Mission Statement
Supervision of Pupils
RSE Policy
School Outings and Educational Tours Policy
Acceptable User Policy for the Internet
Visitors to the school

The Board has ensured that the necessary policies, protocols or practices as appropriate are in place in respect of each of the above listed items and are available in a folder in the secretary’s office.

This policy has been made available to school personnel and the Parents’ Association (if any) and is readily accessible to parents on request. A copy of this policy will be made available to the Department and the patron if requested.
This policy will be reviewed by the Board of Management once in every school year.

This policy was adopted by the Board of Management on 29/11/2012

Signed: _________________________         Signed: __________________________

Chairperson of Board of Management           Principal

Date: __________________________          Date: __________________________


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