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Safeguarding and Child Protection

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).

Resources

Click on one of the links below to jump to that specific section:

  • Adobe PDF Document
  • Circular 2006/08 [pdf / 30KB] Guidance for schools on the requirement for child protection training in relation to interviewing and selection panels
  • Adobe PDF Document
  • Circular 2012/19 [pdf / 87KB] Guidance for schools and employing authorities on changes to pre-employment checking and safer recruitment practices
  • Adobe PDF Document
  • Circular 2013/25 [pdf / 286KB] eSafety Guidance – provides information and guidance on eSafety within the context of the new C2k contract, Education Network (NI) and in relation to non-C2k networks

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Drugs and Guidance

 


 

CCEA, the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessments, has published revised guidance on drugs to primary and post-primary schools across Northern Ireland. Also contained within the guidance are more sources of information.

Learning Difficulties




Learning disabilities, autism and internet safety | http://parentzone.org.uk/article/learning-disabilities-autism-and-internet-safety

Self-injury and children with intellectual difficulties: what parents should know | http://parentzone.org.uk/article/self-injury-and-children-intellectual-disabilities-what-parents-should-know

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Neglect

 


 

Neglect video: Michelle’s story | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0X8gsyk0Dv8

Policy

 


 

Recruitment

 


 

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Relationships and Sexuality

 


 

CCEA, the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessments, has published revised guidance on Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) to primary and post-primary schools across Northern Ireland.

The revised guidance has been updated to reflect new legislation, technological advances and societal changes which affect how schools deal effectively with these sensitive issues.

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.

SERVICES & INFORMATION

The Education and Library Boards (ELBs) were dissolved on 31 March 2015. The Education Authority was established on 01 April 2015 and is now responsible for all of the operational functions previously carried out by the five ELBs in accordance with the Education Orders.

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