Rosemont After School Child Safeguarding Statement
Rosemont After School is a school age service that caters for children from Senior Infants to 6th class Primary School. The Service is located at Rosemont School, Enniskerry Road, Dublin 18 and runs from 2.30pm – 6.30pm, Monday – Friday during the normal Primary School term. The service caters for up to 60 children with a staff of 9 (2 permanent, 7 part-time)
Our mission is to provide children with quality after-school supervision and instruction in a warm and safe environment by enriching their lives through a variety of fun and academic activities (crafts, sports, play, homework etc) that will engage and encourage them to thrive, while enhancing their quality of life in partnership with their families, their school, and their community.
We, at Rosemont Afterschool, are committed to upholding the rights of every child who attends our service. To keep them safe from harm and to protect them from emotional, physical, sexual abuse and neglect, and to ensure they are listened to and heard.
We adhere to legislation as stated in the Children’s First Act 2015 and our policies and procedures relating to safeguarding children reflect the national policy and legislation. They are underpinned by Children First: National Guidance for the protection and welfare of children and Child safeguarding: a guide for policy, practice and procedure and Tusla Guidance on the preparation of Chid Safeguarding Statements. The Board of Management of Rosemont School has agreed the Child Safeguarding Statement set out in this document.
1 The Designated Liaison Person for Rosemont After School (DLP): General Manager
2 The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (DDLP): After School Manager
3 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, the school will adhere to the following principles of best practice in child protection and welfare:
Rosemont After 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 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.
4 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
• In relation 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
• 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
Ensures all new staff are provided with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement
Has provided information and mandatory training to all staff on child protection and safeguarding issues
Has provided information and mandatory training to board of management members on child protection and safeguarding issues
The Board of Management maintains records of all staff and Board member training
• In relation to reporting of child protection concerns to Tusla, all After School personnel are required to adhere to the procedures set out in relation to mandated reporting under the Children First Act 2015.
• In this After 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 s child safeguarding statement.
• All After School assistants 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 this statement.
Note: The above is not intended as an exhaustive list
• We recognise that implementation is an ongoing process. Our service is committed to the implementation of this Child Safeguarding Statement and the accompanying child safeguarding policies and procedures that support our intention to keep children safe from harm while availing of our service.
• This Statement will be reviewed in May 2021 or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which the statement refers.
• This statement has been published on the service website and is displayed in a prominent place on the premises.
• It has been provided to all staff, volunteers and any other persons involved with the service. It is readily accessible to parents and guardians on request. A copy of this Statement will be made available to Tusla and members of the public if requested.
Signed: __________________________ Date: _________________
For further information on this Statement, contact Relevant Person
We have carried out an assessment of any potential for harm to a child while availing of our services. Appendix 1 shows a list of the areas of risk identified (‘harm’ as defined in the Children First Act 2015) and the list of procedures and/or policies for managing these risks. Please state they are available on request.
Chairperson of Board of Management After School Manager
Date: 26th January 2023
Rosemont After School Risk Assessment
We have carried out an assessment of any potential for harm to a child while availing of our services. Below is a list of the areas of risk identified (‘harm’ as defined in the Children First Act 2015) and the list