Stay Safe Policy
St. Brigid’s N.S., Beechpark Ave., Castleknock teaches the Stay Safe Programme, a teaching package designed for use in Irish primary schools. It was researched and developed by the Child Abuse Prevention Programme. The principal aim of the programme is to prevent both physical and sexual abuse of children.
Under Child Protection Guidelines all schools are obliged to teach the Stay Safe Programme. The Stay Safe Programme has been updated and the revised Stay Safe Programme has been implemented in our school this year (2018).
The Stay Safe Programme is taught as part of the S.P.H.E. (Social, Personal and Health Education) curriculum and it will be taught every year during the first term as part of the S.P.H.E. strand unit of Self Identityduring Year 1 and Safety and Protectionduring Year 2. Lessons from the RSE (Relationships and Sexuality Education) programme and The Walk Tall Programme will also be used to cover all the strands of the S.P.H.E. curriculum.
Children from junior infants to sixth class participate in formal lessons on the Stay Safe Programme.
Parents/Guardians are encouraged to become involved by discussing each lesson with their child and helping their child to complete each worksheet based on the lessons in the programme.
It is considered good practice to inform parents in advance of commencement that the Stay Safe Programme is due to be taughtand to direct them to www.pdst.ie/staysafe for any further information.
In the event that a parent withdraws their child from the Stay Safe Programme a written record of their reasons for doing so will be kept on file.
Staff have been facilitated to attend CPD training in the revised Stay Safe Programme.
This plan was ratified by the Board of Management at a meeting on:
Date: June 2018