It is the practice in some schools, where children
are allowed home for lunch during school time or where
children are allowed to remain on the school premises
at the end of the school day, to request parents to
sign a consent form seeking to indemnify the school
from any blame or liability which may occur during these
The INTO favours the use of such consent forms as they
can be a valuable protection for the board/teachers.
However, the INTO has been advised that such consent
forms are not a guarantee that parents would not subsequently
seek to hold the school/teacher responsible in the event
of an accident. Neither do they provide an absolute
guarantee of protection in the event of a claim.
Similarly, disclaimer notices (e.g. advising persons
using school grounds/ property that they are doing so
at their own risk) are a deterrent to claims being made
against the board of management, but they do not guarantee
protection in the event of a claim.
A sample consent form/authorization note is contained in Church & General's Guide to Insurance Safety and Security in the School.