Stay Safe Programme Draft Policy
Scoil Naomh Buadáin 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
from the 2018-2019 school year onwards, the revised Stay Safe Programme will be
implemented in its totality in each class in the school.
Stay Safe is taught as part of the SPHE (Social Personal
and Health Education) curriculum and as per best practice recommendations it
will be taught on a rolling two-year cycle in the second term of the year. In
alternate years the RSE (Relationships and Sexuality Education) programme will
be taught except in 6 Class where the sensitive topics are covered every year.
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.
Parents are informed in advance of commencement of
teaching the Stay Safe Programme. They are directed to www.pdst.ie/staysafe to see the content of the lessons and for any
further information they might need.
In the event that a parent informs the school that they
wish to withdraw their child from the Stay Safe Programme, a written record of
their reasons for doing is required from the parent. This is retained on the
child’s school file.
Staff will be facilitated to attend CPD training on the
revised Stay Safe programme.
This plan was ratified by the Board of Management at a
meeting on: _____________
Chairperson of Board of Management Principal/Secretary to the Board
Date: __________________________ Date: ___________________