Amberley O.S.H.C.

Children are our future, We are dedicated to their success!

2.2 Statement of Commitment to the Safety and Wellbeing of Children and the Protection of Children from Harm

Amberley OSHC regards as of utmost importance its role in the protection of children in its care.  This includes Amberley OSHC’s moral and legal duties to care for children associated with Amberley OSHC whilst not in the care of their parents or other primary carers. Such a policy includes a statement of commitment to the safety and wellbeing of children whilst attending the OSHC service.

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
  • Child Protection Act 1999 and Regulations 2000
  • Family and Child Commission Act 2014
  • Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000 and Regulations 2011
  • Duty of Care
  • NQS Area: 2.3; 4.2.1; 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 7.1.5; 7.3.2, 7.3.5.
  • Policies: 5 – Reporting of Child Abuse, 2.6 – Behaviour Support and Management, 2.8 – Anti-bullying, 2.9 – Inclusion and Anti-bias, 2.11 – Including Children with Special/Additional Needs, 2.13 – Use of Photographic and Video Images of Children, 3.3 – Educators Practice, 4.9 – Children’s Toileting.

Procedures

Management, nominated supervisor, certified supervisors and educators shall be committed to providing an environment that is safe and promotes the wellbeing of all children at all times through:

  • Requiring that educators and management sign a code of conduct ( See Policy Group 8 and 10)
  • Ensuring Educator employment and training procedures are used so that Amberley OSHC employs suitable people and conducts adequate orientation. (See Policy
    Group 8)
  • Ensuring Educators are directed that, when setting up for all activities, there is a safe physical environment as far as reasonably foreseeable.

Children are actively supervised to ensure that they are protected from harm caused by:

  • Physical injury; or
  • Harassment and other non-physical harm to the child, whether caused by other children, staff, parents of other children or any other person.

Educators seek to ensure that they are not alone at Amberley OSHC with a child, except in an emergency.

Educators will supervise all areas available to children.

Written parental permission will be obtained for children to be photographed at Amberley OSHC.  Photographs will be for service and study use only.

Educators will instruct the children to inform them when going to the toilet and will ensure that the Children’s Toileting Policy (see Policy 4.9) is followed at all times.

Educator will check that children have returned from the toilet to play after 3 to 5 minutes.  If the children have not returned the educator will inform another educator and check on their safety.

Educators and volunteers are to comply with legal requirements to apply for, and hold, the appropriate child worker clearances under the Working with Children (Risk Management  and Screening) Act 2000.

The Approved Provider (or in the case of an Approved Provider being a corporation, the executive officers) will comply with legal requirements to hold a current positive suitability notice under the Working with Children (Risk Management  and Screening) Act 2000.   The Nominated/Certified Supervisor acts as, or has designated an appropriate person to act as, Quality Officer for Amberley OSHC (see Policy 10.1 – Quality Compliance) and in this capacity:

  • Is to keep a copy of the clearances and suitability notice referred to above; and
  • Ensures that Amberley OSHC and its educators are aware of all legislative requirements and changes relating to the protection of children, including under the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 and Regulations 2011, Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000 and other relevant legislation.
Reviewed 9 February 2015, Updated 12 May 2015


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