Amberley O.S.H.C.

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2.12 Managing Duty of Care – Non-attending Children

Amberley OSHC recognises that on the rare occasion, children not enrolled into the OSHC service or attending the OSHC service may seek assistance from the OSHC educators or management.  For whatever reason the children seek assistance from the OSHC to ensure their safety and wellbeing, the OSHC employees shall at all times be required to observe both their duty of care and statutory obligations to the best of their knowledge and capacity.

This policy is recommended as guidance in making appropriate decisions, which are in the best interests of preserving the safety and well-being of all children.

Relevant Laws and other Provisions

The laws and other provisions affecting this policy include:

  • Education and Care Services National Law Act, 2010 and Regulations 2011
  • Duty of Care
  • NQS Area: 2.3.2, 2.3.3; 6.1.3; 6.3.2; 7.3.2, 7.3.5.
  • Policies:  2.3 – Educator Ratios, 2.4 – Arrivals and Departures of Children, 9.2 – Enrolment, 9.3 – Communication with Families.

 Procedures

Amberley OSHC shall endeavour to establish a mutually beneficial relationship and coexistent policy with the school (if appropriate) to ensure that the duty of care is upheld by all parties involved.  To this extent Amberley OSHC will:

  • Follow school procedure by sending children to the office if they are not booked into OSHC.
  • Communicate with the office by telephone or in person that the child has been referred to the office for collection by parents or guardians.

If the office is unattended the Nominated/Certified Supervisor shall observe the following procedure when recording children as attending who are currently enrolled at Amberley OSHC:

  • Make reasonable attempts to call parents or authorised persons;
  • Ensure strict adherence to ratios and other legislative guidelines.

If the office is unattended the Nominated/Certified Supervisor shall observe the following procedure when observing their duty of care for children who are not currently enrolled in the OSHC service:

  • Make reasonable attempts to call parents or authorised persons (including the School Principal or Administration) known to the child.
  • Ensure the children are safe and secure but not participating in the licensed activities of Amberley OSHC.
  • Call the police for support when a reasonable time has passed without any notification.
Reviewed 9 February 2015


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