Policies, Procedures and Administration

All the service policies and procedures and administration forms are available at your Educators home. As a parent with Family Day Care it is advisable for you to read all the policies and procedures. The Co-ordination Unit staff strongly advise that you take the time to read all the schemes policies and procedures

Child Protection Policy

There are different forms of ‘Risk of Harm'.

• Physical or psychological needs not being met, or at risk of not being met
• Not providing the child with access to basic medical care
• Physical abuse
• Sexual abuse and ill treatment
• Witnessing domestic violence
• Serious psychological harm

All the staff and Educators are mandatory reporters. A mandatory reporter is someone who is required by law to make a report to DECS if they have current concerns about the safety, welfare or well-being of a child. A child is a person under 16 years. There are penalties for failing to make a report. For more details, please consult Section 27 of the Act.

A mandatory reporter is any person who delivers the following services to children as part of their paid work:

• Health care (eg doctors, nurses, dentist and other health workers)
• Welfare (e.g. psychologist, social workers, youth workers)
• Education (e.g. teachers)
• Children's services (e.g. childcare workers, family day carers and home-based carers)
• Residential services (eg refuge workers)
• Law enforcement (e.g. police)

You are also a mandatory reporter if you hold a management position, either paid or voluntary, in any of these services and your duties include direct responsibility for, or direct supervision of, the provision of these services. See Section 27 of the Act for more details about mandatory reporters.

Children & Young Persons [Care & Protection] A

If you suspect any abuse or neglect has occurred while your child has been in care you should contact the Coordinator immediately. The Coordinator will contact DOCS and the Police and assist them in their investigation.

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