West Donegal Irish college criticised for lack of child protection policies

first_imgA DONEGAL Irish summer college has been condemned in an official Government report for failing to have child protection policies in place.The Department of Education Inspector also described leadership at Coláiste Chú Chulainn in Gaoth Dobhair as ‘weak’.The college had 79 students on the course when it was inspected on June 6 this year. The Inspector’s report has just been released.And it is damning in its assessment on the total lack of child protection measures, saying the college had failed in all five of the department’s rules.The college – which changed its name recently to Colaiste Ghaoth Dobhair – failed to have all staff Garda vetted, didn’t inform staff of its policies and didn’t have any child protection statement in place.“The practice of the college did not comply with checks 1,2,3,4 and 5 and therefore the college was not compliant with the checks that were made during the inspection visit,” said the Inspector. “The quality of the course’s management and leadership was weak; there were significant deficiencies in mandatory policies and procedures.“Overall, the quality of teaching and learning was satisfactory; students were encouraged to use Irish but they were not given sufficient opportunities to consolidate the newly acquired language.”The Inspector said appropriate planning of lessons was not available during the June inspection and there was no evidence that progress was made on the recommendations of the last inspection in 2016.The college was given the chance to respond to the latest round of criticism before the report was published and these were included in the inspector’s report.The Steering Committee said it would correct all its mistakes. It promised that liaison teams would be named, that staff would attend an in-house course five weeks before college and that each staff member would be given a folder containing school policies. It also said all adults would be garda vetted.The college also said it had applied for funding to Udaras na Gaeltachta for new premises for 2020 following criticism in 2016 and 2019 for lack of resources and use of IT during lessons.The inspector did find an enjoyable atmosphere and a good relationship between students and teachers and students praised the college during a follow-up focus group.West Donegal Irish college criticised for lack of child protection policies was last modified: November 21st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

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