BIFE Child Safeguarding Statement June 2020
Bray Institute of Further Education is an Educational Institution providing Further Education and Training to a wide range of students ranging from school leavers to mature applicants.
In accordance with the requirements of the Children First Act 2015, Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017, the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017 and Tusla Guidance on the preparation of Child Safeguarding Statements, the Board of Management of BIFE has agreed the Child Safeguarding Statement set out in this document.
- 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 2017 as part of this overall Child Safeguarding Statement.
- The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Mr Ray Tedders (Principal)
- The Deputy Designated Liaison Persons (Deputy DLPs) are Ms Louise Fortune, Mr Gabriel Allen, Mr Paddy McNulty (Deputy Principals)
- The Board of Management recognises that child protection and welfare considerations permeate all aspects of Institute life and must be reflected in all of the Institute’s policies, procedures, practices and activities in its policies, procedures, practices and activities, the Institute will adhere to the following principles of best practice in child protection and welfare:
The Institute will:
- recognise that the protection and welfare of children is of paramount importance, regardless of all other considerations;
- fully comply with its statutory obligations under the Children First Act 2015 and other relevant legislation relating to the protection and welfare of children;
- 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 Institute will also adhere to the above principles in relation to any adult pupil with a special vulnerability.
The following procedures/measures are in place:
- In relation to any member of staff who is the subject of any investigation (howsoever described) in respect of any act, omission or circumstance in respect of a child attending the , the adheres to the relevant procedures set out in Chapter 7 of the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017 and to the relevant agreed disciplinary procedures for staff which are published on the DES website.
- In relation to the selection or recruitment of staff and their suitability to work with children, the Institute adheres to the statutory vetting requirements of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 and to the wider duty of care guidance set out in relevant Garda vetting and recruitment circulars published by the DES and available on the DES website.
- In relation to the provision of information and, where necessary, instruction and training, to staff in respect of the identification of the occurrence of harm (as defined in the 2015 Act) the Institute-
- Has provided each member of staff with a copy of the Institute's Child Safeguarding Statement
- Ensures all new staff are provided with a copy of theI nstitute's Child Safeguarding Statement
- Encourages staff to avail of relevant training
- Encourages Board of Management members to avail of relevant training
- The Board of Management maintains records of all staff and Board member training
- In relation to reporting of child protection concerns to Tusla, all Institute personnel are required to adhere to the procedures set out in the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017, including in the case of registered teachers, those in relation to mandated reporting under the Children First Act 2015.
- In this Institute the Board has appointed the above named DLP as the “relevant person” (as defined in the Children First Act 2015) to be the first point of contact in respect of the child safeguarding statement.
- All registered teachers employed by the are mandated persons under the Children First Act 2015.
- In accordance with the Children First Act 2015, the Board has carried out an assessment of any potential for harm to a child while attending the Institute or participating in Institute activities. A written assessment setting out the areas of risk identified and the procedures for managing those risks is attached as an appendix to this statement.
- The various procedures referred to in this Statement can be accessed via the Institute website, the DES website or will be made available on request by the Institute.
Note: The above is not intended as an exhaustive list.
This statement has been published on the Institute's website and has been provided to all members of Institute personnel, the Student Union and the patron. It is readily accessible to parents and guardians on request. A copy of this Statement will be made available to Tusla and the Department if requested.
This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed annually or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which this statement refers.
This Child Safeguarding Statement was adopted by the Board of Management on _________________ [date].
Signed: _________________________ Signed: ____________________________
Chairperson of Board of Management Principal/Secretary to the Board of Management
Date: __________________________ Date: ___________________