Accidents to Pupils/EmployeesWhat procedures should be followed in the event of an accident to a pupil?
In the event of an accident or injury to a pupil, a
teacher should take such action as would be exercised
by a careful and solicitous parent placed in similar
circumstances. In this regard teachers should be familiar
with the school's policies and procedures for dealing
with and reporting accidents.
In particular, all accidents or injuries to pupils
should be recorded in a school Incident Book. Accidents
should be reported in a common sense and factual manner
with particular reference to the supervision being exercised
at the relevant time.
Members should not accept responsibility for any accident.
Any letter, writ, summons, claim or other document in
connection with the incident should be referred, unacknowledged,
to the chairperson of the board of management and a
copy forwarded to INTO Head Office.
Any enquiries by a teacher regarding the welfare of
a pupil are not an indication of, or an acceptance of
Claims will be handled by a school's insurers
and the insurance company's legal advisers will
advise the board of management and the teachers concerned
regarding any problem or query associated with a claim.
As teachers are indemnified under the board of management's
policy they are advised to co-operate with the insurance
company in defending any claim.
In case of doubt, Head Office or the CEC Representative should be contacted for precise instructions.