The quality of pastoral care influences the ethos and tone of our school. We strive to create an atmosphere in which students feel secure, know that they are valued and are encouraged in their learning, growth and social and spiritual development.
Our Pastoral Care Policy provides a framework in which students, staff and parents are aware of their expectations, responsibilities, consequences and the support structures in place to ensure that all members of the school community are treated with equality, respect and fairness. We believe that pastoral care and discipline are interrelated. Discipline is leading, guiding, encouraging and instructing students within a framework of rights, rules, responsibility, routine and consequences. We acknowledge the importance of parents/guardians in providing a safe, secure and supportive environment for our students.
Coláiste Iósaef – Child Protection & Welfare
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 Coláiste Iósaef Community College 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 Noel Kelly.
- The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (DDLP) is Marita Herbert.
- 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 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.
Relevant Policy Documents are available for download by clicking on the following links
- Child Safeguarding Statement
- Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment
- Child Protection Procedures
- Children First National Guidance 2017
For further information in relation to Child Protection, please visit www.tusla.ie
Please note that our Child Safeguarding Statement and Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment will be reviewed at the Board of Management Meeting scheduled for Monday 3rd of February 2020.