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Holy Trinity Primary School, Enniskillen

Safeguarding Team

The Safeguarding Team is available for the protection and safety of children within the Holy Trinity school community.  The team is available to parents, staff and children.  If you have concerns about the safety, protection and/or care of a child from our school community please contact a member of our safeguarding team. 

The Safeguarding Team are:

  • Mr John Reihill (Designated Teacher)
  • Mr Brian Treacy (Deputy Designated Teacher)
  • Mrs Majella Jones (Deputy Designated Teacher)
  • Rt Rev. Monsignor Peter O'Reilly (Chair, Board of Governors)
  • Mrs Martha Smyth (Board of Governors)

Pastoral Care Child Protection

Child Protection

Pastoral Care Child Protection:

Information for Parents

An Inclusive Learning Community Striving to meet the needs of all

General Principles for Promoting Pastoral Care in Holy Trinity PS

Holy Trinity Primary School is committed to providing a safe, caring, challenging and stable environment for all our pupils.

We achieve this through a team approach involving parents, staff, therapists and other relevant professionals.

Central to all our plans, policies and procedures is the welfare of each pupil and as each one progresses through the educational and pastoral experience within our school, we seek to ensure that he/she will have the basic right to be safe from harm, with proper care given to his/her well-being by those persons who care for/work with them. Thus the young persons’ welfare must always be paramount and all needs taken into consideration

Staff aims

In promoting Pastoral Care the aims of the staff in Holy Trinity Primary School are to develop our pupils’

  • Self esteem
  • Confidence
  • Assertiveness
  • Communication Skills
  • Sense of responsibility
  • Respect for themselves and others
  • Awareness of personal safety
  • Experience of success

To support these aims the school has developed detailed Pastoral Care, Discipline and Child protection policies to which all staff are committed and which are regularly reviewed and updated.

Child Protection

Our Child Protection Policy is designed to protect our pupils by ensuring among other things, that all staff are well informed about and have received training in child protection issues, are aware of their duty of care and their responsibility to report any concerns re Child Protection issues to the designated teacher Mr John Reihill  or deputies Mr Brian Treacy or Mrs Majella Jones.

It should be noted that information given to members of staff about possible child abuse cannot be held “in confidence”. In the interests of the child, which are always paramount, staff may need to share this information with other professionals. However, only those who need to know will be told.

Guidelines and Procedures

 In all their contact with pupils, staff in Holy Trinity follow the guidelines and procedures described in the DENI publication ‘Pastoral Care in Schools—Child Protection’ 99/10.

We believe that:

  • Children should always be taken seriously.
  • In any incident the child’s welfare must always be paramount.
  • A proper balance must be struck between protecting children and respecting the needs of parents and families.
  • The needs of children must always come first.
  • Children with disabilities are children first and have equal rights to protection. However they may have particular needs that require specialist attention.

Procedure where Parents/Guardians have Concerns:

  1. I have a concern about my/another child’s safety
  2. I can talk to the class teacher
  3. If I am still concerned, I can talk to the Designated Teacher For Child Protection– Mr Reihill or Assistant Designated Teacher Mr B Treacy and Mrs M Jones.
  4. If I am still concerned,I can talk to the Principal, Mr B Treacy
  5. I f I am still concerned,I can talk/write to The Chairperson of the Board of governors Monsignor Peter O’Reilly 02866322075
  6. At any time,I can talk to the Gateway Team Social Services 028711314090 or 02895049999 or the PSNI 101 Non emergency 999 emergency

This is a summary of the many aspects of Pastoral Care in Holy Trinity Primary School. Detailed copies of the Pastoral Care and any other policies mentioned are available from the school on request or on our website www.holytrinityps.com

 

Children, ICT & e-Safety

Children, ICT & E-Safety
Children, ICT & E-Safety

Children, ICT & e-Safety

Information for parents and carers:

The purpose of this guide

Children of today are increasingly using Information & Communication Technology (ICT) in schools and in the home.

This guide explains:

  • How your children are using ICT in school.
  • How using ICT in the home can help children to learn.
  • How children can use the Internet safely at home.
  • Where to access further information

We are an inclusive Learning community striving to meet the needs of all

How your child uses ICT at school:

ICT in Holy Trinity is taught as a subject in its own right and also supports children’s learning in other subjects, including English and Numeracy.

Within ICT lessons children learn to use a wide range of software and electronic devices including:

  • Word Processing to write stories, poems or letters;
  • Databases to record information, e.g. minibeasts;
  • Spreadsheets to create tables, charts and graphs;
  • Desktop Publishing to design posters, leaflets or cards;
  • Multimedia Presentation to present text, pictures, sound and video;
  • Drawing Programs to create pictures and designs;
  • Internet and CD-ROMs to find information;
  • Email to contact children in another school;
  • Digital Cameras to record what they have done in class or on a visit;
  • Controllable Robots to give instructions and make something happen;
  • Video Conferencing to share ideas or ask an expert.

Simple rules for keeping your child safe on the Internet at school and home

To keep your child safe they should:

  • ask permission before using the Internet and discuss what websites they are using
  • only use websites you have chosen together or a child friendly search engine
  • only email people they know, (why not consider setting up an address book?)
  • ask permission before opening an email sent by someone they don’t know
  • not use their real name when using games or websites on the Internet, (create a nick name)
  • never give out any personal information about themselves, friends or family online including home address, phone or mobile number
  • never arrange to meet someone they have ‘met’ on the Internet.
  • never tell someone they don’t know where they go to school or post any pictures of themselves in school uniform
  • only use a webcam with people they know
  • tell you immediately if they see anything they are unhappy with.

Children under 13 years of age are not permitted to use social networking sites such as Face book.

Using These Rules:

Go through these rules with your child and pin them up near to the computer. It is also a good idea to regularly check the Internet sites your child is visiting e.g. by clicking on History and Favourites. Please reassure your child that you want to keep them safe rather than take Internet access away from them.

Be SMART on line

S - Safe: Keep safe by never giving out personal information over the internet.

M - Meeting someone you have met online can be dangerous, always talk to an adult before you consider doing this.

A - Accepting emails, opening files or pictures from people you don’t know can lead to problems—they may contain viruses or nasty messages.

R - Reliable: Someone on the internet might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be reliable

T - Tell your parent, teacher or trusted adult if someone or something on the internet makes you feel uncomfortable.

For further information go to:

CEOP: www.ceop.gov.uk

Think U Know: www.thinkuknow

Childnet: www.childnet-int.org

 

How learning at home with ICT benefits children

Home use of ICT by children:

  • improves their ICT skills
  • offers them choice in what they learn and how they learn it
  • supports homework and revision
  • improves the presentation of their work
  • connects learning at school with learning at home
  • makes learning more fun.

All this can lead to better performance at school and an improved standard of

work. For further information go to:

Parents Centre: www.parentscentre.gov.uk/usingcomputersandtheinternet

Information for parents and carers

Using the Internet safely at home

Whilst many Internet Service Providers offer filtering systems and tools to help you safeguard your child at home, it remains surprisingly easy for children to access inappropriate material including unsuitable text, pictures and movies.

Parents are advised to set the security levels within Internet Explorer or other browsers with this in mind. Locating the computer in a family area where possible, not a bedroom, will enable you to supervise your son or daughter as they use the Internet.

Also consider mobile phones and games consoles and other devices that can access the internet. However, don’t deny them the opportunity to learn from and enjoy the wide variety of material and games available on the Internet. Instead discuss with them some simple rules for keeping safe online and making sure they understand their importance.

 

Behaviour, Anti Bullying and Complaints policy

Behaviour, Anti Bullying and Complaints
Behaviour, Anti Bullying and Complaints

Information For Parents:

Behaviour Policy

Holy Trinity behaviour and discipline policy is designed for all staff to be consistent in the way we deal with the children; to create a common expectation of behavioural standards, incorporating good manners and respect. Behaviour is presented positively, concentrating on rewarding the good rather than punishing the bad. As a Catholic school we believe that the essence of good behaviour is care and consideration for others. We expect high standards of behaviour and courtesy from our children at all times.

Within school we have a THREE-tier system of operation with regards rules and consequences:

  • Tier 1- Classroom / general teaching Rules and consequence procedures operated by staff during teaching time. (Class rules displayed in each class)
  • Tier 2 - Lunchtime/ Breaktime Rules and consequence procedures operated by dinner supervisors.          
  • Tier 3 - Head/Deputy Teacher referrals: Referrals by staff following breakdown of actions in relation to levels 1 and 2

Our aims are:

  • To create an understanding of personal discipline and for the children to understand why discipline is needed;
  • For children to take personal responsibility for their actions;
  • To create an environment where everyone is safe from hazards caused by the behaviour of people within the school;
  • To create an environment where everyone is respected and cared for;
  • To create an environment where property is respected and treated with care.

Consequences of breaking a rule

  • Verbal warning
  • Time out from classroom /activity
  • Break time/lunch time detention
  • Being made to undertake some low level task e.g. Litter duty
  • Referral to Head Teacher / Deputy Head
  • Withdrawal of privileges
  • Letter home /Parental meeting

     School / pupil disciplinary stages

Our Anti-bullying policy

Bullying is a highly damaging and distressing form of abuse and is not tolerated in Holy Trinity. All staff are vigilant at all times to the possibility of bullying occurring, and will take immediate steps to stop it happening, to protect and reassure the victim and to discipline the bully. Parents of both the targeted child and the child displaying bullying behaviour will be contacted immediately bullying behaviour is identified.

Any complaint by a parent that a child, is or may be, being bullied will be fully investigated by Mr. Reihill, the designated teacher for child protection, and action will be taken to protect all children. We are a TELLING school. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the staff.

Anti Bullying Procedures:

Report bullying incidents to staff and ithe ncident recorded.The facts of the incidents will be clarified and recorded by staff/principal .

In serious cases parents will be informed and will be asked to come in to a meeting to discuss the problem. If necessary and appropriate, police will be consulted.

The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying must be acted upon and the bullying stopped quickly.

An attempt will be made to help the children change their behaviour and the situation closely monitored to ensure a repeat does not occur.

Anti Bullying Outcomes:

  1. Help the targeted child to identify ways in which he/she may be strengthened and supported.
  2. If possible, the pupils will be reconciled.
  3. The school will look at solution focused interventions which help all.
  4. After an incident / incidents have occurred, the facts outlined clearly and the incident dealt with appropriately, each case will be monitored to ensure repeated bullying does not take place.

Working in Partnership with Parents/Carers

School staff will meet with parents on bullying issues as a result of

  • parents expressing a concern about their child being bullied
  • the school requesting a meeting with parents/carers regarding a bullying situation.

Staff will:

  • Ensure that all relevant facts are collected and clarified.
  • Share your concern about the bullied child
  • Make it clear that you will act in accordance with the school’s anti-bullying policy

Handling Complaints In Holy Trinity

At Holy Trinity we are committed to listening about our service. We will use this information, wherever possible, to help maintain and improve our school. We encourage and welcome all comments and views, both positive and negative.

This policy is designed to establish a clear mechanism for the resolution of complaints which can be verbal, written or E-mailed. Our comments / complaints policy is outlined below.

INFORMAL - Stage 1

  • Comment / Complaint made to appropriate member of staff (verbally).
  • Discuss the issues
  • Implement any agreements. No further action

INFORMAL - Stage 2

  • Comment / Complaint made to Principal (verbally)
  • Schedule meeting
  • Discuss the issues
  • Implement any agreements. No further action.

FORMAL - Stage 3

  • Formal signed written comments / complaints made to Principal
  • Acknowledge receipt (within 10 working days)
  • Investigate the complaint Implement any agreements / changes
  • Confirm outcomes in writing (within 20 Working days)
  • No further action

FORMAL - Stage 4

  • Formal written comments / complaints made to Chairperson of Governors and referred to Governors’ Sub-Committee
  • Acknowledge Receipt (within 10 Working days)
  • Investigate the issues / meet with complainant
  • Implement any agreements / changes
  • Confirm outcomes in writing (within 25 working days)
  • No further action

APPEALS PROCESS

  1. Written request to have case heard by full Board of Governors
  2. Acknowledge Receipt (10 Working days)
  3. Meet with complainant (30 Working days) Consider the issues Implement any agreements/ changes. Confirm outcomes in writing (40 working days)
  4. Confirm outcomes in writing (by the 40th working day)

 

Holy Trinity Primary School Enniskillen

Enniskillen BT74 6AZ

Tel: 028 663324959/ 66323313