Occasional paper 9 – Serious incidents (injury, trauma, or illness)

We have published our ninth occasional paper, analysing serious incidents relating to injury, trauma, or illness.

Supporting children’s safety, health and wellbeing is the first and most important objective of the National Quality Framework.

The paper highlights the trends in notifications of serious incidents resulting in injury, trauma or illness in children’s education and care services during a two-year period. It identifies the volume, characteristics and causes of these incidents, including the times and locations they are more likely to happen. It also offers practical strategies to support providers and educators to prevent and reduce such incidents.

“Quality Area 2 of the National Quality Standard upholds children’s right to be protected and kept safe. Approved providers, nominated supervisors, coordinators and educators all have responsibility for supporting the health, safety and wellbeing of all children,” said ACECQA CEO Gabrielle Sinclair.

“I encourage all approved providers and services to review and consider the findings in our latest occasional paper as part of ongoing quality improvement”, Ms Sinclair added.

Providers and educators can also refer to our recently published information sheet on managing and responding to injury, trauma, and illness incidents.

All nine of our occasional papers are available on our website.

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