Safeguarding and Child Protection
The EA Child Protection Support Service (CPSS)
The Child Protection Support Service (CPSS) was first established in April 2006 and is part of the Education Authority’s Children & Young People’s Services Directorate. The service is managed by a Head of Service and there are Designated Officers for Child Protection based in each of the five EA offices. The office contact numbers are:
CPSS provides the following services:
Armagh 028 38341975
Ballymena 028 94482223
Belfast 028 90564289
Dundonald 028 90566434
Omagh 028 82411480
- A daily advice and support helpline in response to any safeguarding/child protection concerns which arise in schools, Education Other Than At School (EOTAS) centres, the EA Youth Service and other EA services.
- Advice and guidance concerning the development, implementation and review of safeguarding/child protection policies within schools, EOTAS centres, EA Youth centres and other EA services.
- Advice and support to schools and EA services in relation to safeguarding issues identified by the Education & Training Inspectorate (ETI) during their inspection of safeguarding arrangements.
- Advice to EA Human Resource managers dealing with allegations of abuse against members of staff and where there are safeguarding concerns in respect of the potential employment of EA staff or individuals employed by contracted services.
- Training for staff with designated safeguarding responsibilities in schools (the Safeguarding team), EOTAS centres and EA Youth Service centres.
- Child Protection awareness training for staff in other relevant EA services and specified contracted services.
- The completion of reports for the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (SBNI) in accordance with the Case Management Review (CMR) provisions of the Safeguarding Board Act (NI) 2011.
- The issue of performance licences for children of statutory school age involved in entertainment (film, television, radio, musicals, dance, drama etc) and the approval, registration and training of chaperones who are required to safeguard children in entertainment. See the Children in Entertainment and Employment Team (CEET) page for further details.
- The issue of employment permits for children of statutory school age who are in employment. See the Children in Entertainment and Employment Team (CEET) page for further details.
All staff who work in educational settings have a responsibility to safeguard the welfare of children and young people and the following resources may provide helpful information and guidance. The resources should be of particular relevance to those who have designated safeguarding/child protection responsibilities in schools, EOTAS centres and in the EA Youth Service.
Click on one of the links below to view specific sections:
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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.
Safeguarding Board for NI (SBNI) Procedures Manual 2017
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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.