Introduction

The majority of children who enrol in the school have attended local playschools and they are expected to be toilet trained when they commence junior infants. The school also welcomes pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN). It aims to provide for their care and toileting needs within the SEN resources available to the school.

Rationale

This policy is warranted in this school due to the need to address toileting issues with some children. It is in response to meetings with parents, the school principal, SNAs and NCSE staff.

Changes that affect school policy could include:

    Changes in staffing numbers or personnel, particularly SNAs
    Absences of SNAs
    Changes in SEN enrolments
    Changes in the requirements of the children with care needs
    Changes in national policy

Children with Specific Toileting or Intimate Care Needs

In all situations where a pupil needs assistance with toileting/intimate care, a meeting will be convened, after enrolment, and before the child starts school. Parents, Guardians, Principal, Class teacher, SNA, and if appropriate, the pupil will attend. In some instances health care professionals from such organisations as Enable may also attend.

The specific care needs of the child, and how the school will meet them, will be clarified. The risks of supporting a child with such needs will be assessed. Measures to control identified risks will be put in place. Employees will be informed of these measures and where training is required it will be accessed from the relevant source i.e. Public Health Nurse, Hospital or Parent.

Health and Safety Considerations

Clear instructions for different procedures should be displayed in areas such as the class toilet. Children with complex health needs may be at more risk than their peers. Staff may need to take additional steps to safeguard the health and safety of such children. Individual procedures may be required to ensure that those children who are at risk are supported.

The decisions about provision for the pupil may be reviewed at subsequent meetings as changes to the pupil’s needs and facilities within the school alter.

Staff Duty of Care

Anyone caring for children, including teachers and other staff in charge of children, has a duty of care to act like any reasonable prudent parent. Staff members need to make sure children are healthy and safe. In exceptional circumstances, the duty of care could extend to administering medicine (see separate policy) and/or taking action in an emergency. This duty also extends to staff facilitating activities taking place off site, (e.g. visits, outings, field trips, etc.).

Child Protection

Personal care may involve certain activities that leave staff feeling vulnerable to accusations of abuse. It is unrealistic to expect that all risk will be eliminated; no matter what level of vigilance is adopted, but it is hoped that staff following this guidance will feel less fearful. The normal process of changing an incontinence pad should not raise child protection concerns, and there are no regulations that mandate two members of staff to be available (Southwark Council Children’s services). Ideally two care providers should be present when a child is receiving intimate care. However, staffing levels in the school can vary. If there is only one SNA available to change a child or provide other care needs this should be clarified with parents and their written consent may be sought. All staff members working in the school receive Garda vetting before appointment.

Pupil Care

In the event that an SNA is absent for a short time parents will be notified. If the substitute SNA cannot meet the pupil’s toileting needs this will be clarified. However, in the event of longer absences training will be provided. Any changes will be discussed with parents and pupil. When possible the pupil will be involved in identification of his/her personal requirements and wishes. At all times the dignity and privacy of the pupil will be paramount in addressing intimate care needs.

Confidentiality

When necessary, discussions about care needs should take place in a private setting such as the office or staff room. Sensitive information about a child should be shared only with those who need to know, such as parents or other members of staff who are specifically involved with the child.

Parents and children need to know that, where staff have concerns about a child’s well-being or safety arising from something said by the child or an observation made by the staff, the designated child protection person (DLP) will be informed (see Child Protection Policy).

Toileting Accidents

As previously stated, it is expected that children enrolling in Infants would be toilet trained. In the event of an accident a supply of clean underwear, wipes, track-suit bottoms etc will be acquired, which may require parents/guardians to come into the school with such items. Children who are likely to soil, e.g. post epileptic fit, should furnish the school with a change of clothing, wipes etc.

In the first instance, the pupil is offered fresh clothing to clean and change themselves. If for any reason the child is unable to clean or change themselves staff will assist.

Ratified by BoM date:          14-11-13

Signed:                              __________________________

                                        Diarmuid Swords (Chairperson)

 

 

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Ethos

We are a Catholic school under the patronage of the Bishop of Ferns. Religion is taught accordingly and children are prepared for the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

 

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