Infant School, Mourne Road, Drimnagh, Dublin 12

Child Protection Policy ( updated March 2017) 

A full copy of this policy is available from the office on request.

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, practices and activities. Accordingly, in accordance with the requirements of the Department of Education and Skills’ Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools, the Board of Management of Muire Na Dea Chomhairle Infant School has agreed the following updated child protection policy:

  1. The best interest of the child shall prevail in all circumstances.
  2. 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 (2011) as part of its overall child protection policy.
  3.  The Designated Liaison Person (DLP): Christine McCartan, Principal
  4.  The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP): Patricia Coffey, Deputy Principal
  5. In its policies, practices and activities, Muire Na Dea Chomhairle Infant School will adhere to the following principles of best practice in child protection and welfare:

Muire Na Dea Chomhairle Infant School

  • recognises that the protection and welfare of children is of paramount importance, regardless of all other                          considerations;
  • fully co-operates with the relevant statutory authorities in relation to child protection and welfare matters
  • adopts safe practices to minimise the possibility of harm or accidents happening to children and protects school staff from  the necessity to take unnecessary risks that may leave themselves open to accusations of abuse or neglect;
  • has developed a practice of openness with parents and encourages parental involvement in the education of their children; and
  • fully respects confidentiality requirements in dealing with child protection matters.

6. The Child Protection Policy must be read in conjunction with all relevant school policies.

7.The BOM is implementing the statutory requirements for Garda Vetting as per DES Circular 0016/2017

8.  Necessary school practices involving teaching arrangements, care needs, toileting and safety needs of pupils (St, Catherine’s + Mainstream)have been identified and procedures involved adhere to the school Child Protection Policy: ( see page 3+4)

9. This policy is available to school personnel and the Parents’ Association and is readily accessible to parents on request. A copy of this policy will be made available to the Department and the patron if requested.

10. This policy will be reviewed by the Board of Management at least once in every school year.

This policy was adopted by the Board of Management on 13th March  2017



Signed: Eugene Banks                                      Signed: Christine McCartan

      Chairperson of Board of Management                                Principal

                                                                Date: 13th March 2017

Date of next review: March 2018