Child Protection Policy of Limerick School of Music


Limerick School of Music (LSOM) 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.  Therefore, in accordance with the requirements of the Department of Education and Skills “Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools”,  the management of LSOM has agreed the following child protection policy.

  1. The 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 our overall child protection policy.
  2. The Designated Liaison person (DLP) is David O’Connell.
  3. The Deputy Designated Liaison Person is Cecilia Madden.
  4. In its policies, practices and activities, LSOM will adhere to the following principles of best practice in child protection and welfare;

Limerick School of Music 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.
  • • LSOM  will also adhere to the above principles in relation to any adult pupil with a special vulnerability.

 

If  a Child Protection issue is received by any staff member of LSOM, that person should:

  • Listen compassionately
  • Use open, non-specific questions where appropriate. Do not question the person making the report other than to seek clarification.
  • Make a careful accurate record of the report using the person’s own words as much as possible. Do not make judgmental statements in the report.
  • If the person reporting is an adult, invite him/her to provide a written account of the matter.
  • Indicate what will happen next.
  • Report the matter immediately to the DLP.
  •  Keep the matter strictly confidential.
  • Do not give any undertaking of secrecy or start to investigate.


5. The centre will develop its Child Protection Policy in conjunction with other policies, practices and activities that have particular child protection relevance; for example, Code of Behaviour, Anti-Bullying Policy, Attendance Policy, Attendance at Music  Performing Activities/Outings/Work Placements

LSOM management will ensure 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 LSOM staff, parents and students and is readily available on request.  A copy of this policy will be made available to the Department if requested.

7. This policy will be reviewed by management once in every school year.


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David O’Connell
Principal
10 February, 2015