Scoil Naomh Áine, Rathgarogue, New Ross, Co. Wexford
Critical Incident Policy
Critical Incident Policy
Scoil Naomh Áine aims to protect the wellbeing of its students and staff by providing a safe and nurturing environment at all times. The Critical Incident Management team has drawn up a critical incident management plan as one element of the school’s policies and plans.
WHAT IS A CRITICAL INCIDENT?
The staff and management of Scoil Naomh Áine recognise a critical incident to be "an incident or sequence of events that overwhelms the normal coping mechanism of the school". Critical incidents may involve one or more students or staff members, or members of our local community. Types of incident might include:
The death of a member of the school community through accident, violence, suicide or suspected suicide or other unexpected death
An intrusion into the school
An accident involving members of the school community
An accident/tragedy in the wider community
Serious damage to the school building through fire, flood, vandalism etc
The disappearance of a member of the school community
The aim of the Critical Incident Management Plan is to help school management and staff to react quickly and effectively in the event of an incident, to enable us to maintain a sense of control and to ensure that the appropriate support is offered to students and staff. Having a good plan should also help ensure that the adverse effects on the students and staff will be limited. It should enable us to ensure a return to normality as soon as possible.
Physical Safety of pupils, staff and visitors is highlighted under the following policies
Health and Safety Plan
Child Protection Policy
Fire Drill and Evacuation Policy
Code of Behaviour
The staff and management of Scoil Naomh Aine aim to use available programmes and resources to address the personal and social development of students, to enhance a sense of safety and security in the school and to provide opportunities for reflection and discussion. SPHE provides an appropriate platform on which to base this learning and discussion.
The staff has received and are familiar with the Child Protection Policy. This Policy provides advice on issues of child protection and actions which should be taken should a concern arise.
Scoil Naomh Áine links closely with NEPS and the services it provides in relation to child safety.
Scoil Naomh Aine has a clear policy on bullying and deals with bullying in accordance with this policy.
Our 6 th class team up with our Junior Infants in the "Cairde" programme.
The staff is aware of the counselling services provided by Carecall.
A number of teachers have received training in "Friends for Life" and "Zippy’s Friends".
CRITICAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM
A Critical Incident Management Team has been established in line with best practice. The members of the team were selected on a voluntary basis.
Alerts the team members to the crisis and convenes a meeting
Coordinates the tasks of the team
Liaises with the BOM, DES, NEPS,
Liaises with the bereaved family (with Fr. Seán)
Liaises with staff
EMERGENCY SERVICES CONTACT
Deputy Principal – contacts Ambulance / Gardaí / Fire Brigade as necessary
Fr. Seán & Anne-
Maintenance of up to date telephone numbers of Parents/Guardians, Teachers, Emergency Services
Takes telephone calls and notes those that need to be responded to
Prepares and sends out letters and e-
Photocopies materials required
Colette will contact NEPS Anna Marie Cullen 0539165150 / 0539143300 or NEPS 018892487
In the event of an incident each member of the team will keep records of phone calls made and received, letters sent and received, meetings held, persons met, interventions used.
Sandra D’Alton will have a key role in receiving and logging telephone calls, sending letters, photocopying materials etc,
The Deputy Principal, Elaine O’ Connor, will set up a Critical Incident Book in which all records of phone calls made and received, meetings held, letters received and sent, persons met and interventions used will be noted.
Jobs assigned to team members will be listed in the book and followed up on daily or at each meeting and progress will be noted.
This Policy was drawn up by the In School Management Team and ratified by the Board of Management on 20/06/2012. The policy was reviewed in February 2015 and September 2016.
Chairperson, Board of Management September 2016
CRITICAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT
Team Leader: Anne-
Emergency Services Contact & Critical Incident Book: Elaine O’ Connor 0876430253
Media Liaison: Fr. Seán Devereux 0879257880
Administrators: Kay Grace 0879305515
Colette Cleary 0877537113
Sandra D’Alton 0877999455
Short Term Actions
Gather Accurate Information – Who, What, When, Where
Convene a meeting of Critical Incident Management Team
Contact External Agencies NEPS 018892487 Anna Marie Cullen 0539165150/0539143300
Arrange supervision of students as necessary
Hold staff meeting inviting ALL staff
Inform pupils – (close friends and students with learning difficulties may need to be told separately)
Compile a list of vulnerable pupils
Prepare and agree media statements and deal with media
Hold end of day staff briefing
Medium Term Actions (Day 2 and following days)
Convene a Critical Incident Management Team Meeting to review the events of Day 1
Meet external agencies – NEPS
Meet whole staff
Arrange support for pupils, staff and parents
Visit injured parties
Liaise with bereaved family regarding funeral arrangements
Agree on attendance and participation at funeral service
Board of Management – make decision about school closure
Monitor students for signs of continuing distress (Class teacher)
Liaise with agencies regarding referrals
Plan for return of bereaved students
Plan for giving of "Memory Box" to bereaved family
Decide on memorials and anniversaries
Review response to incident and amend plan (Board of Management, Critical Incident Management Team and Staff)
EMERGENCY CONTACT LIST
In the event of a crisis situation, critical incident or school tragedy call IPPN at: 1890 21 22 23
AGENCY CONTACT NUMBER
GARDA NEW ROSS 051-
FIRE STATION NEW ROSS 051-
WEXFORD GENERAL HOSPITAL 053-
WATERFORD REGIONAL HOSPITAL 051-
CARE DOC (Out Of Hours) 1850 334999
O’ Bernie Michael 051-
Northgate Practice 051-
Terry Rogers 051-
NEPS Anna Marie Cullen 053-
NÓIRÍN BAMBURY Department of Education and Skill School Inspector 087-
CARECALL for Teachers and Special Needs Assistants 1800-
Poison Information 01-