School staff are particularly well placed to observe and monitor children for signs of abuse, be it neglect, emotional, physical or sexual.
In recognition of this the Department of Education and Science published Child Protection Guidelines for Post Primary Schools, in September 2004, which are intended to promote the safety and welfare of all children. These guidelines are based on the earlier guidelines published by the Department of health and Children in 1999 entitled Children First: national guidelines for the protection and welfare of children.
The Board of Governors of Newbridge College has adopted the above DES guidelines as school policy on child protection and in so doing has appointed the Principal of the College as Designated Liaison Person (DLP) and the Deputy Principal of the College as Deputy Designated Person (DDLP).
Currently, the Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Mr. Pat O'Brien – Principal and the Deputy Designated Liaison Person is Mrs. Alison Bradshaw – Deputy Principal.
All members of Newbridge College staff received information briefings on the child protection guidelines when adopted and also a refresher seminar (February 2012), in which they have been advised that the guidelines and procedures should be followed in all instances where a staff member suspects or has concerns that a child (a) may have been abused, (b) is being abused or (c) is at risk of abuse.