Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment OF Cosby N.S.

Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment of Cosby N.S., Stradbally, Co. Laois


In accordance with section 11 of the Children First Act 2015 and with the requirement of Chapter 8 of the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017, the following is the Written Risk Assessment of Cosby National School.

List of school activities Potential risk of harm Procedure in place to manage risk identified
Daily arrival & dismissal of pupils Access to pupils by strangers or other adults.

Risk of harm from other pupils

Parents deliver pupils to front gate or classroom door.

All pupils go straight in to their classrooms on arrival, where their teachers supervise them before classes start at 9am.

Infants are collected by parents/minder from classroom door at 1.30pm.

1st-6th class accompanied to front gate and supervised by their teachers until collected.

Break times Risk of harm from other pupils One teacher and two SNAs supervising
Visitors / Visiting tutors / Sports coaches Visitors / tutors behaving inappropriately

Visitors / tutors lacking awareness of child safety issues.

Tutors / coaches from reputable organisations with appropriate vetting.

Garda Vetting Policy adhered to.

A teacher/ teachers always present with visitor / tutor.

Access / Egress Access to pupils by strangers or other adults.

Flight risk for some pupils

Front door snibbed shut from 9am.

Gate from street latched closed from 9am.



School tours / Outings Access to pupils by strangers.

Inappropriate activity by pupils.

Dangers posed by unfamiliar environment

Adequate supervision

Adequate planning and preparation by staff.

School Tour policy followed

Swimming Lessons/Sports Events Potential for unsupervised times in changing areas.

Access to pupils by strangers or other adults.

Adequate supervision provided.

Trained lifeguards in pool

Social Media Potential for bullying.

Potential for grooming of pupils

No phones/devices allowed in school or on school tours

Mobile phone policy

Internet usage policy

Training of school personnel in Child Protection matters Harm not recognised or reported promptly Child Safeguarding Statement & DES procedures made available to all staff


DLP& DDLP to attend PDST face to face training

BOM to attend CPSMA training

All Staff to view Túsla training module &  online training offered by PDST


BOM records all records of staff and board training

One to one teaching Harm by school personnel Classroom doors ajar when teaching area in corridor in use. Junior classroom & support room windows face each other.
Care of pupils with special needs, including intimate care needs. Harm by school personnel Plan for attending to care needs drawn up with parents. Parents train SNA how to care for peg and administer meds/calorie shots.

Intimate Care policy in development.

Toilet areas Inappropriate behaviour Rule: one pupil at a time to the toilets, with teacher’s permission.
Curricular provision in respect of SPHE, RSE, Stay Safe Non-teaching of same. School implements SPHE, RSE and Stay Safe programmes


Important Note:  It should be noted that risk in the context of this risk assessment is the risk of “harm” as defined in

the Children First Act 2015 and not general health and safety risk.

The definition of harm is set out in Chapter 4 of the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post- Primary Schools 2017.


In undertaking this risk assessment, the Board of Management has endeavoured to identify as far as possible the risks of harm that are relevant to this school and to ensure that adequate procedures are in place to manage all risks identified.  While it is not possible to foresee and remove all risk of harm, the school has in place the procedures listed in this risk assessment to manage and reduce risk to the greatest possible extent.

This risk assessment has been completed and ratified  by the Board of Management on 6th March 2018.

It shall be reviewed as part of the school’s annual review of its Child Safeguarding Statement.