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Child Protection

In recent years, as a society, we have become very aware of the problem of child abuse through neglect, emotional, physical or sexual abuse. Each one of us has a duty to protect children and teachers, who are the main care givers to children outside the family, are particularly well placed to observe and monitor children for signs of abuse.

In response to this, this Department of Education and Science published Guidelines and Procedures for all schools in relation to child protection and welfare. The Board of Management of St. Mary’s National School has adopted these guidelines as school policy.

Children First, the National Guidelines for the Protection of Children may be assessed on the website of the Department of Health and Children www.dohc.ie, and the Department of Education and Science Child Protection Guidelines can be read on the Department’s website www.education.ie.

For a full statement of St Mary's policy in this area, click here.