The Department intends to provide schools with hard copy versions of the procedures in due course once a public procurement process and printing of the procedures is completed. The Department will provide a further update in due course.
· An Irish version of the procedures is currently available electronically and can be downloaded at https://www.education.ie/ga/Scoileanna-Col%C3%A1ist%C3%AD/Eolas/Cosaint-P%C3%A1ist%C3%AD/child_protection_guidelines_ir.pdf.
· The Department’s child protection (Irish) webpage can be accessed at https://www.education.ie/ga/Scoileanna-Col%C3%A1ist%C3%AD/Eolas/Cosaint-P%C3%A1ist%C3%AD/Cosaint-Leana%C3%AD.html
· In relation to the two separate half-day closures during the 2017/18 school year to allow time, as a school community, to engage with the revised procedures and to access the support available the Department’s Teacher Education Section have advised as follows “that it is a matter for each individual school authority to use their discretion as to the timing of the closures within this academic year. Schools may also combine both half-days into one full-day school closure, to be taken during the current school-year.” This update is available on the Department’s website here Child Protection Procedures in Schools