Amberley O.S.H.C.

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7.3 Harassment and Lock Down

Amberley OSHC acknowledges the need to ensure that educators and children are aware of, and understand, evacuation and other procedures in the case of an emergency.  Amberley OSHC therefore takes a proactive approach through the regular implementation of practice drills and evaluations.

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
  • Duty of Care
  • Work Health and Safety Act 2011
  • NQS Area: 2.3.1, 2.3.2, 2.3.3; 4.2.1; 7.1.1, 7.1.2; 7.3.1, 7.3.2, 7.3.3, 7.3.5. 
  • Policies: 6.3 – Workplace Health and Safety, 7.1 – Emergency Equipment and Facilities, 7.2 – Drills and Evacuations, 7.4 – Fire Safety Compliance, 8.10 – Employee Orientation and Induction.

 Procedures

In the event of harassment or unauthorised persons refusing to leave the premises the Nominated/Certified Supervisor, or in their absence, the Health and Safety Representative will initiate the following drill:-

  • The educator or child (if appropriate) being harrassed, or the closest observer of the child or other educator being harassed, will give a prearranged signal, which is made known to all educators, to begin the drill (e.g. code word, special song);
  • The Nominated/Certified Supervisor or other person, who receives the signal, will calmly and quietly inform other educators of the need to remove the children to safety. If the threat is inside, children will be escorted outside by educators.  If the threat is outside then children will be escorted inside by educators;
  • The Nominated/Certified Supervisor/Health and Safety Representative, will immediately obtain and if possible record relevant information (eg physical descriptions, car registration etc) on a service incident report;
  • An educator will witness and provide back-up for the Nominated/Certified Supervisor/Health and Safety Representative, but only if it does not place that person in a position of unacceptable risk or harm to themselves, to any child or to others.

In the event of an internal threat (intruder, bomb and/or behaviour issue) where children are to be escorted to an outside area, once the prearranged signal has been acknowledged:

  • An educator will telephone the relevant emergency number;
  • An educator will check and evacuate all rooms including the toilets, storage rooms and near-by buildings on the premises;
  • An educator will collect sign-in sheets and parent contact numbers;
  • An educator will close and lock all doors and windows (only if appropriate and able to do so);
  • Once at the designated assembly area, an educator will check the roll to make sure that all children and educators are accounted for including children who have already been signed out and have been collected.

In the event of an external threat (intruder, fire, bomb, gas leak) where children are to be escorted inside, once the prearranged signal has been acknowledged, the following drill will be initiated:

  • Educators will calmly and quietly move the children to safety inside the room, checking the toilets, storage rooms and near-by buildings;
  • All doors, windows and curtains will be shut and locked (if safe to do so);
  • An educator will check the roll to make sure that all children and educators are accounted for including children who have already been signed out and have been collected;
  • Educators will encourage children to sit quietly.

During all such drills, educators are to calm the children and provide them with suitable games and activities as far as reasonably possible.

The Nominated/Certified Supervisor or Health and Safety Representative will call 000 for back up if the drill is an actual emergency.

No one will leave, nor be permitted to leave, the area in such a drill until the Nominated Certified/Supervisor is satisfied that it is safe to do so.

At no time will educators try to physically remove an unwanted visitor.

All threatening situations will be evaluated as soon as possible after the event and any necessary modifications or enhancements to these procedures made accordingly.

Notification will be given to the Approved Provider and the Early Education and Care Office (the Regulatory Authority in Queensland).

Reviewed 6 April 2015, Updated 12 May 2015, Updated 30 May 2017


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