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In response to demand from schools and following our recent series of webinars, Mason Hayes & Curran LLP launched a new bespoke training programme for schools at the start of 2022. We are now taking bookings for the new academic year 2022-2023.

Behaviours of Concern – Limiting Your Liability in Schools

School leaders, teachers and special needs assistants are frequently confronted by students exhibiting challenging and disruptive behaviours. Many of these students have complex needs. The use of a physical intervention may be necessary in exceptional circumstances to prevent an injury to a student or others. The code of behaviour on its own may not be enough to protect your school. Schools that have a Behaviour of Concern policy and training are in a much stronger position to limit liability. This training is aimed at safeguarding students and staff and empowering schools to face difficult scenarios with confidence.

Course outline

  • The Legal Framework – what you can and cannot do!
  • How to deal with different scenarios and conduct a risk assessment
  • Developing a Behaviour of Concern policy for your school
  • Developing and implementing a robust incident reporting system


Online, hybrid or face-to-face


Mason Hayes & Curran LLP hosts Ireland’s largest dedicated Education team, which works exclusively on behalf of schools and educational institutions. Our team of lawyers have a wealth of experience representing schools in most of the landmark cases.

Our Education team has for many years supported and represented schools that have dealt with serious disciplinary issues concerning students with challenging behaviours.


2 hours. This course can be delivered in one 2-hour session or in two 1-hour sessions during (Croke Park hours) or under whatever arrangement best suits the school. An online meeting with the Principal/Deputy/SENCO is facilitated beforehand to gain an understanding of the particular school context.


All participating schools will be provided with a certificate of attendance.

Our team also provides training for Child Protection, Code of Behaviour, Data Protection, Dignity at Work, Duty of Care, Health & Safety, Recruitment and Social Media.

If you would like to chat to us about delivering training to your staff and / or members of the Board of Management at your school, please contact Ian O’Herlihy or David Ruddy.

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