Child Protection Procedures




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 policies, practices and activities.  Therefore, in accordance with the requirements of the Department of Education and Skills’  Children First National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children, the Board of Management of Archbishop McHale College has agreed the following child protection policy:

* The Board of Management has adopted and will implement fully and without modification the Department of Education and Skills’ Children First National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children, as part of its overall child protection policy.

The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is    Eileen Delaney

The  Deputy Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is Maeve Waldron


In its policies, practices and activities, Archbishop McHale College 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 any 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.
  • Protect workers from the necessity to undertake un-necessary risks that may leave

them open to accusations of abuse or neglect.

  • Develop a practice of openness with parents that involves consulting them about issues that concern their children, encouraging them to get involved with the school when-ever possible
  • Fully respect confidentiality requirements in dealing with child protection matters.


The school will also adhere to the above principles in relation to any adult student with special vulnerability.

The Management of the school will ensure that the following policies and practices are upgraded regularly because of their relevance to Child Protection:

* Code of Behaviour

* Anti Bullying Policy

* Pastoral Care Policy

* Professional Code of Practice  (Staff Handbook)

* Acceptable Use Policy (IT)

* Inclusion and Participation

* SPHE/RSE policy

* Work Experience

* Sporting Activities

* School Outings/ Gaisce


This policy has been made available to all stakeholders and a copy is available on the web site

This policy will be reviewed on an annual basis


This policy was adopted by the Board of Management on October 12th 2016