Child Protection Policy


Coláiste Laighean recognises that child protection and welfare considerations permeate all aspects of Coláiste life and must be reflected in all of its policies, practices and activities. Accordingly, Coláiste Laighean has agreed the following child protection policy:

  1. The Board of directors has adopted and will implement fully and without modification the Department of Education’s Child Protection procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools as part of this overall child protection policy.
  2. The Designated Liason Person(DLP) is our Principal.
  3. The Deputy Liason Person (A Deputy DLP) in the absence of the DLP is our deputy Principal.
  4. In its policies, practices and activities, Coláiste Laighean will adhere to the following principles of best practice in child protection and welfare:

The Coláiste will

  • Recognise that the protection and welfare of children is of paramount importance regardless of other considerations;
  • Fully co-operate with the relevant statutory authorities in relation to child protection and welfare matters.
  • Adopt safe practices to minimise the possibility of harm or accidents happening to children and protect workers from the necessity to take unnecessary risks that may leave themselves open to allegations of abuse or neglect.
  • Develop a practice of openness with parents and encourage parental involvement in the education of their children: and
  • Fully respect confidentiality requirements in dealing with child protection matters.

The Coláiste will also adhere to the above principles in relation to any adult pupil with a special vulnerability.

  1. This section of our child protection policy lists Coláiste policies, practices and activities that are particularly relevant to child protection (The Code of Behaviour, Anti-Bullying policy, Code of Conduct for Supervisors, Substance use policy, sporting activities, school outings, catering etc). All our policies are identified on our website and are available to all staff/students & parents on request.
  2. Our Teachers and Cinnirí/Supervisors are Garda Vetted and must sign our ‘Code of Conduct for Supervisors’ before gaining employment.
  3. This policy will be made available to to Coláiste personnel and is readily available to parents on request.
  4. This policy will be reviewed by the Board of Directors each September annually.

This policy was adopted by the Board of Directors on September 1st 2022

Date of next Review:       September 2024

Data Protection policy

The new EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) came into force from 25th May 2018. We at Coláiste Laighean Teoranta are committed to safeguarding any information you give us. 

If you ever booked a course with us this is the data on students that is deleted in the autumn after the summer courses are over:

  • Date of Birth
  • Postal address
  • Any learning difficulties
  • Year at school and expected year of Junior Cert or Leaving Cert
  • Health insurance details and any medical details/history provided
  • Dietary requirements
  • Whether or not the student was permitted to go swimming
  • Any “other special request” info e.g. to share dorm with a friend
  • Emergency Contact Person’s name and their contact details 

We try to retain the least amount of data required but if you ever booked a course with us this is the data on students that is retained after the summer courses are over:

  • Student first and last name
  • Course attended and school attended

If you ever booked a course with us (or even if you never booked a course) this is the data on parents/guardians that is retained after the summer courses are over:

  • First and last name
  • Postal address
  • Any contact numbers provided
  • Your email address
  • Records of any payment made to Coláiste Laighean (amounts & dates but not card details)

What we use the data for:

  • Internal record keeping in preparation for the courses and for use during the courses.
  • Sending you receipts for payments or information regarding future summer courses and Revision courses – we try to send out the minimum amount of emails.
  • Legal requirements e.g. keeping financial records for any audit.

What we DON’T use this data to:

  • Pass on to any third-party.

We try to retain the least amount of data required and to send out the minimum amount of emails / contact.

If you don’t wish to continue receiving communications from Coláiste Laighean please email colaistelaighean@gmail.com and we will remove your details from our contact list.

Be aware you may have more than one account with Coláiste Laighean for example if you have 2 different email addresses or if the other parent/guardian in the household has made a different application. If this is the case you may receive multiple emails and should specify which email addresses you wish to remove.

And, don’t forget that at any time you can change your preferences by contacting Caoimhín at 087 1358197 or by mail at www.colaistelaighean.com as you have full control over your contact preferences.