Child Safeguarding Statement Update – October 2019

Child Safeguarding Statement

St Patrick’s Girls’ National School

St Patrick’s Girls’ National School is a primary school providing primary education to pupils from Junior Infants to Sixth Class.

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 [insert school name] 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     ____Mrs Anne Smith ____

The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is___­Mrs Denise Ramsay___

  • 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, procedures, practices and activities. In its policies, procedures, practices and activities, the school 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 comply with its statutory obligations under the Children First Act 2015 and other relevant legislation relating to the protection and welfare of children;
  • – fully operate with the relevant statutory authporities 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 school 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 school, the school 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 school staff which are published on the DES website.
  • In elation to the selection or recruitment of staff and their suitability to work with children, the school 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 school-
  • Has provided each member of staff with a copy of the school’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 school 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 school the Board has appointed the abovenamed DLP as the “relevant person” (as defined in the Children First Act 2015) to be the first point of contact in respect of the schools child safeguarding statement.
  • All registered teachers employed by the school 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 school or participating in school activities. A written assessment setting out the areas of risk identified and the school’s procedures for managing those risks is attached as an appendix to these procedures.
  • The various procedures referred to in this Statement can be accessed via the school’s website, the DES website or will be made available on request by the school.
  • This statement has been published on the school’s website and has been provided to all members of school personnel, the Parents’ Association (if any) 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.  It is also on display at the front door.
  • 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 __09/09/2019__ [date].


Signed: ___Ivan Tonge________                Signed: ____Anne Smith ________

Chairperson of Board of Management                      Principal/Secretary to the Board of Management

Date:     __09/09/2019___________                         Date:    ______09/09/2019__­­­­­­­_


ELI with Facebook Communication and Presentation Project

As in previous years, our 6th Class girls are involved in a Communication and Presentation Project with workers in Facebook. The project is organised in association with the Early Learning Initiative of the National College of Ireland. We are very appreciative of the opportunity to work with vibrant mentors from Facebook!!

St. Patrick’s G.N.S. Ringsend Mathematics Curriculum Evaluation, November 2018

On the 15th and 16th of November last, 2 Inspectors from the Department of Education and Skills visited the school to do a Curriculum Evaluation of teaching and learning in Mathematics in the school. The Report of their findings has very recently been published on the D.E.S. website. You can view the report on the link below, or you can find it in the Department of Education and Skills website at:

Maths Curriculum Evaluation November 2018

Maths demonstration videos

Hi everyone.

I’d like to point you towards a set of YouTube Videos demonstrating some maths processes!  Niamh is a Primary Teacher who has set up her own YouTube Channel – these short videos maybe helpful to parents when it comes to supporting your child with her maths homework.  These videos are aimed mainly at teachers, but they could be very useful for you at home too!  I hope you find them helpful!

Click below:

Irish Primary Teacher YouTube Channel

Start of Year Class Meetings

The following meetings all take place at 9am in the girls’ classrooms and should last about 20 minutes..

6th Class (Mrs. Ramsay), next Tuesday, September 25th.

4th Class (Ms. Saunders), next Wednesday, September 26th.

1st Class (Ms. Claffey), next Thursday, September 27th.

5th Class (Ms. Kelly), next Friday, September 28th.