Child Protection Policy

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 St. Laurence’s National School has agreed the following child protection policy:


1. 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 as part of this overall child protection policy.


2. The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Nuala Costello, (Principal)


3. The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is Noreen Forrest (Deputy Principal)


4. In its policies, practices and activities, St. Laurence’s National 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 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 school will also adhere to the above principles in relation to any adult pupil with a special vulnerability.



  • Enrolment Policy
  • Code of  Behaviour Policy
  • Anti Bullying Policy
  • Attendance Policy
  • R.S.E. Policy / Stay Safe Policy
  • Substance Use Policy
  • School Tours / Excursions Policy
  • Garda Vetting Policy
  • Supervision Policy
  • Swimming Policy
  • Sports Day Policy


The Board has ensured that the necessary policies, protocols or practices as appropriate are in place in respect of each of the above listed items.


6. This policy has been made 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.


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




This policy was adopted by the Board of Management on 18/10/2011[date]

Signed: Fr. Frank McEvoy, P.P.                                                               Signed: Nuala Costello

Chairperson of Board of Management                                                     Principal

Date: 18/10/ 2011                                                                                     Date: 18/10/2011


This Policy Document was Reviewed and Updated by Board of Management 10/02/16


Signed: David O’ Grady.                                                               Signed: Nuala Costello

Chairperson of Board of Management                                         Principal


Date of next review: February 2017


Policy on the Teaching of the Stay Safe Programme

In line with Circular 0065/2011 and “Child Protection Procedures for Primary & Post – Primary Schools, All Primary Schools must fully implement the Stay Safe Programme.

It is the policy of St. Laurence’s National School to teach the Stay Safe Programme in all classes, every year.

The programme will be entered under the S.P.H.E. allocation on each teacher’s timetable.

The Stay Safe Programme is taught with the prior approval of the Board of Management.

Stay Safe will not just be taught in a stand alone fashion but will be integrated into the wider context of religious and moral education and the school ethos in general, it will be delivered in context of the standard of behaviour and discipline which we seek to put into practice.

The aims of Stay Safe Programme are:

  • To give children the skills necessary to enable them to recognise and resist abuse/victimisation.
  • To teach children that they should always tell an adult about any situation which they find unsafe, upsetting, threatening, dangerous or abusive.
  • To develop children’s self-esteem, assertiveness and self protective skills.
  • To identify for themselves unsafe or upsetting situations.
  • Simple rules to help them avoid abuse.
  • To respect and value the rights of others.
  • The language and skills they require to seek help

Stay Safe will be taught to all classes by the class teacher in their own classroom. Worksheets may be used to reinforce lesson content and also to aid Parents with home discussion.

The partnership approach between Parents and Teachers is essential to ensure that our children learn the language and skills they need to keep safe.

(The general themes of the Stay Safe Programme will be covered in all classes, as part of the S.P.H.E. Programme through “Circle Time etc.)

This policy was adopted by the Board of Management on 18/10/2011[date]




Signed: Fr. Frank McEvoy, P.P.

Chairperson of Board of Management