Relationship Program

In Circular 2/95, issued by the Department of Education and Science, the Minister requested all schools to introduce Relationship Sexuality Education (RSE) as part of the curriculum.  In the 1999 curriculum, RSE and the Stay Safe Programme were included in Social, Personal and Health Education.  The content of the school’s SPHE programme includes a side range of topics such as healthy eating, alcohol, drugs, environmental issues, safety and social responsibility as well as RSE.  RSE is a life long process of acquiring knowledge and understanding and of developing attitudes, beliefs and values about sexual identity, relationships and intimacy.

In a school situation, RSE provides structured opportunities for pupils to acquire a knowledge and understanding of human relationships and sexuality through processes which enable them to form values and to establish behaviours with a moral, spiritual and social framework, appropriate to their age.  RSE will be taught in accordance with the Department’s directives and within the Philosophy framework of the school.  The teaching methods used in the school are child centred and reflect the age and stage of development of each child.  Sensitive issues will be dealt with appropriately.




In partnership with the home, our aims are:

  • To provide opportunities for our pupils to learn about relationships and sexuality imparted in a loving and caring way, within a wholesome environment
  • To help them think and act in a moral, caring and responsible way
  • To learn about their own development and about their friendships and relationships with others
  • To teach children personal safety skills so they can look after themselves in situations which could be upsetting or dangerous.


The development of relationships is an integral part of all curriculum subjects.  Aspects of RSE and Stay Safe are taught during SPHE, Religion, Science and implementation of the Code of Behaviour etc.  An integrative approach towards RSE and Stay Safe ensures that the children encounter RSE and Stay Safe in a holistic manner rather than isolation.



Request for Withdrawal By Parent of Pupil/Teacher

If parents are concerned about the more sensitive aspects of the programmes, they are welcome to  visit the school to examine the content of the programmes and discuss their concerns with the Principal.  Following this meeting, if parents wish to have their child/ren withdrawn when sensitive issues are being taught, they are requested to submit this in writing to the Principal.  Efforts will be made by the school, using the resources it has, to accommodate these children by providing supervision within another classroom.

A teacher who is concerned about teaching a particular topic within the RSE Programme should talk to the Principal about his/her concerns.  Such concerns will be handled discreetly.  The BOM will endeavour to accommodate such teachers.  Resources outside the school profession will be availed of if considered appropriate.


*An overview of the content of the RSE and Stay Safe Programme is attached (Appendix D and G).





Organisational and Curricular Issues

We contribute to the prevention of child abuse through the SPHE curriculum, particularly through the Strand Unit, Safety and Protection.  The Child Protection Programme that is to be implemented in Killashee Multi-Denominational School is the Stay Safe Programme.  It will be taught from Infants to Sixth Class and will be taught in every year.  It will be taught in accordance with “Making the Links”, maintaining the integrity of the programmes, beginning in September.  Any additional resources selected will be in keeping with the aims of this policy.

If children are withdrawn, they will be accommodated in another teacher’s classroom.  In a multi-class situation, the younger class will be withdrawn when topics being taught are not age-appropriate.

With regard to matters of a confidential nature, the school cannot take any responsibility for what is discussed in the yard or classroom.  The school cannot guarantee confidentiality if a child asks a question of a personal nature to themselves or discloses personal information.  All children with special needs are included and participate with the SPHE programme with their won classes.  Teachers will endeavour to adapt and modify activities so that all children can participate.

The learning support resource teachers will supplement the work of the class teachers where necessary.  The methodologies and approaches used will be as recommended in the SPHE curriculum, ie active learning, talk and discussion, problem-solving etc.  Parents are invited to view the curriculum and may speak to the class teacher if they have any concerns.



Provision for Ongoing Support

  • Provisions to be made to support teachers, pupils and board members involved in Child Protection at policy and programme level include:
  • Provision of the Parents’ Guide to Stay Safe at enrolment
  • Staff and BOM will attend training in relation to Child Protection when Provided
  • Policies that Support Child Protection
  • Organization of input for parents on stay safe programme.


The following policies relating to Child Protection have been drawn up in consultation with parents, the Board of Management and other interested parties in the local community:

  • Code of Behaviour
  • Enrolment
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Health & Safety Statement
  • Special Education Policy
  • RSE


This statement will be reviewed on a yearly basis or before this date if the need arises and/or in line with any change in legislation.