Child Protection Policy

Child Protection Policy

St Fergal’s College, Rathdowney, Co Laois


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. Therefore, 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 Fergal’s College 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 Mrs Áine O’Neill, Principal
  3. The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is Ms Rachel Dunne, (Guidance and Counselling)
  4. In its policies, practices and activities, St Fergal College will adhere to the following principles of best practice in child protection and welfare:

The 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,
  • has safe practices in place to minimise the possibility of harm or accidents happening to children
  • protects workers from taking unnecessary risks that may leave them open to accusations of abuse or neglect;
  • has a practice of openness with parents and encourages parental involvement in the education of their children;
  • fully respects 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.

  1. St Fergal’s College implements the Child Protection Guidelines through the following policies and procedures:
  • The Code of Behaviour : Appendix 1, which includes:
    • Anti-bullying Policy,
    • Attendance Policy
    • Healthy eating Policy
    • IT policy (Acceptable use)
    • Substance Mis-use policy


  • Pastoral care including supervision of pupils within school grounds, at sporting activities, school outings, pupil work placements etc.: Appendix 2
  1. 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.
  2. 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 3rd February 2015