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Behaviours of Concern – Limiting Your Liability in Schools

We launched a bespoke training programme for schools at the start of 2022. This module was designed in response to demand from schools and an online poll conducted at one of our webinars which indicated that 75% of school leaders have issues with managing behaviours of concern. Many schools have availed of the training and have expressed their satisfaction with the content, level of engagement and practical tips.

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. Some 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, 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-Template supplied
  • Developing and implementing a robust incident reporting system
  • Data protection considerations


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.


Participating schools will be provided with a certificate of attendance from Mason Hayes & Curran.

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 David Ruddy, Training Consultant or Catherine Kelly, Partner.

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