Safeguarding and Child Protection
For Designated and Deputy Designated Teachers for Child Protection
The Child Protection Support Service for Schools was established as a service in April 2006. It is jointly managed and funded by the Department for Education (DE) and the EANI. Currently the CPSSS is based within the Education Welfare Service and presently falls under the managerial responsibility of the Chief Education Welfare Officer (CEWO) in each EA Office.There are 3 Designated Officers for Child Protection in each EA Region.
Every school must have a Designated and Deputy Designated Teacher for Child Protection (DT and DDT), trained by the Child Protection Support Service for Schools. Nursery units within primary schools should also have a separate Deputy Designated Teacher for Child Protection.
The Service Provides:
- Advice, guidance and support to Designated and Deputy Designated Teachers for Child Protection, in the handling of safeguarding issues
- Operation of a daily helpline to schools. The Designated Officers work on a rotational basis on the helpline:
- Armagh Office, 028 38341975
- Ballymena Office, 028 94482223
- Belfast Office, 028 90564289
- Dundonald Office, 028 90566434
- Omagh Office, 028 82411480
- Safeguarding training to various groups within education and relevant other groups
- Training offered to Designated and Deputy Designated Teachers:
- 2-day generic programme to new DTs and DDTs
- Refresher training to DTs and DDTs every 3 years
- Cluster group support looking in depth at specific issues
We recommend that every school has a Safeguarding Team comprising the:
- Principal (Chair)
- Designated and Deputy Designated Teachers for Child Protection
- Chair of Board of Governors
- Designated Governor for Child Protection
Other members of the school community can be part of the team as needed (e.g IT lead).
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The new guidance outlines the current issues and provides a useful context for how these important areas should be addressed within schools and why. It will also help schools create a meaningful policy for RSE and help principals and teachers manage potentially challenging situations.