St Finian’s College aims to protect the well-being of its students and staff by providing a safe and nurturing environment at all times. As a Catholic School, St. Finian’s College seeks to develop a sense of community that attempts to live out the teaching of Christ, especially in our treatment of others. We endeavour to develop the spiritual, intellectual, social, cultural and physical potential of all our students. With the cooperation of the parents, this potential is developed as fully as possible, so that each student can achieve success at his/her own level of ability.
The Board of Management, through Mr John Mc Hale has drawn up a Critical Incident Management Plan as one element of the school’s policies and plans.
The Critical Incident Management Team comprises of:
Mr J Mc Hale, Ms A Ryan, Ms E Carey, Mr G Lillis, Mr P Leonard, Ms K Jameson, Mr R Mc Hugh, Mr D Andrews, Mr P Bardon, Mr K Hickey, Mr E Casserly, Mr D Farrell, Ms Susan Donnelly, Ms A Kirby and Mr R Meegan.
Review and Research
The CIMT have consulted resource documents available to schools on www.education.ie and www.nosp.ie including:
Define what you mean by the term ‘critical incident’
The staff and management of St Finian’s College 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 incidents might include:
The aim of the CIMP 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 appropriate support is offered to students and staff. Having a good plan should also help ensure that the effects on the students and staff will be limited. It should enable us to effect a return to normality as soon as possible.
Creation of a coping supportive and caring ethos in the school
We have put systems in place to help to build resilience in both staff and students, thus preparing them to cope with a range of life events. These include measures to address both the physical and psychological safety of the school community.
Mr D Farrell is our Health & Safety Officer
The management and staff of St Finian’s College 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.
Critical Incident Management Team (CIMT)
A CIMT has been established in line with best practice. The members of the team were selected from the middle management team and will retain their roles for at least one school year. The members of the team will meet annually to review and update the policy and plan. Each member of the team has a dedicated critical incident folder. This contains a copy of the policy and plan and materials particular to their role, to be used in the event of an incident.
Team leader: John Mc Hale
(Note – Aisling Ryan/Emma Carey will take the lead in the absence of the team leader)
Garda liaison John Mc Hale
Staff liaison Aisling Ryan/Emma Carey
EAP Consultants (branded as Inspire Wellbeing) are the current providers of the Employee Assistance and Wellbeing Services which includes a free confidential service accessible by means of a free phone telephone helpline available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, providing counselling on a range of personal health and wellbeing issues given by qualified clinicians. Up to 6 face-to-face counselling sessions are available to provide supportive and solution-focused care based on an individual’s clinical needs. The telephone service also provides specialist information, support and advice in relation to family, financial, legal, work-related and consumer information services as well as providing management support.
Student liaison Aisling Ryan/Emma Carey & Aine Kirby/Rory Meegan
Community/agency liaison Kathy Jameson/Ger Lillis/Kevin Hickey
Parent liaison John Mc Hale/Aisling Ryan/Emma Carey & relevant Year Head
Media liaison John Mc Hale
Administrator Susan Donnelly
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, material used etc.
Susan Donnelly will have a key role in receiving and logging telephone calls, sending letters, photocopying materials, etc.
Confidentiality and good name considerations
Management and staff of St Finian’s College have a responsibility to protect the privacy and good name of people involved in any incident and will be sensitive to the consequences of public statements. Members of school staff will bear this in mind, and seek to ensure that students do so also, e.g. the term ‘suicide’ will not be used unless there is solid information that death was due to suicide, and that the family involved consents to its use. The phrases ‘tragic death’ or ‘sudden death’ may be used instead. Similarly, the word ‘murder’ should not be used until it is legally established that a murder was committed. The term ‘violent death’ may be used instead.
|Critical Incident Rooms In the event of a critical incident, the following rooms are designated for the indicated purposes|
|Room Name:||Designated Purpose:|
|Gaffney||Main room for meeting staff|
|Gaffney||Meetings with students|
|Front Sitting Room||Meetings with parents|
|Front Sitting Room||Meetings with media|
|Guidance Area||Individual sessions with students|
|Front Sitting Room||Meetings with other visitors|
Consultation and communication regarding the plan
All staff were consulted and their views canvassed in the preparation of this policy and plan.
Students and parent/guardian representatives were also consulted and asked for their comments.
Our school's final policy and plan in relation to responding to critical incidents has been presented to all staff. Each member of the critical incident team has a personal copy of the plan.
All new and temporary staff will be informed of the details of the plan by Aisling Ryan/Emma Carey
The plan will be updated annually May 2021
Short term actions – Day 1
|Gather accurate information||John Mc Hale|
|Who, what, when, where?||John Mc Hale|
|Convene a CIMT meeting – specify time and place clearly||John Mc Hale|
|Contact external agencies||Aisling Ryan|
|Arrange supervision for students||Emma Carey|
|Hold staff meeting||All staff|
|Agree schedule for the day||John Mc Hale|
|Inform students – (close friends and students with learning difficulties may need to be told separately)||Guidance Dept Year Head SEN Dept|
|Compile a list of vulnerable students||Aine Kirby & Rory Meegan|
|Prepare and agree media statement and deal with media||John Mc Hale|
|Inform parents||John MC Hale|
|Hold end of day staff briefing||John Mc Hale|
Medium term actions - (Day 2 and following days)
|Convene a CIMT meeting to review the events of day 1||John Mc Hale|
|Meet external agencies||Aisling Ryan/Emma Carey|
|Meet whole staff||SMT|
|Arrange support for students, staff, parents||Guidance|
|Visit the injured||SMT, Year Head|
|Liaise with bereaved family regarding funeral arrangements||SMT|
|Agree on attendance and participation at funeral service||PCT|
|Make decisions about school closure||BOM|
Follow-up – beyond 72 hours
|Monitor students for signs of continuing distress||Class teachers Year Head|
|Liaise with agencies regarding referrals||Aisling Ryan/Emma Carey & Guidance|
|Plan for return of bereaved student(s)||Guidance|
|Plan for giving of ‘memory box’ to bereaved family||Guidance|
|Decide on memorials and anniversaries||BOM/Staff, parents and students|
|Review response to incident and amend plan||Staff/BOM|
|EMERGENCY CONTACT LIST|
|Garda||044 93 84000|
|Hospital||044 93 40221|
|Fire Brigade||044 93 32101|
|Local GPs||Dr Louise Power 044 93 42480 Health Centre 044 93 41987 Bellview Clinic 044 922 6078|
|Community Care Team||044 93 84485|
|Child and Family Centre||044 93 53999|
|Child and Family Mental Health Service (CAMHS)||044 93 94223 044 93 94219|
|School Inspector||n/a unless undergoing a school inspection|
|DES||0906 48 3600|
|ASTI/TUI||01 604 0160 / 01 1850 453 545|
|Clergy||044 93 48338 (Cathedral House)|
|State Exams Commission||0906 442700|
|Employee Assistance Service||1800 411 057|