Element 2.2.3: Child protection
National Law and National Regulations underpinning Element 2.2.3
Section 51(1)(a) Conditions on service approval (safety, health and wellbeing of children)
Section 162A Persons in day-to-day charge and nominated supervisors to have child protection training
Regulation 84 Awareness of child protection law
Additional state/territory requirements
In addition to complying with the National Quality Framework, approved providers, educators and other staff may be required to report on incidents or suspected incidents involving children under other state and territory laws including child protection legislation.
Information about notifications can be found throughout the guide.
What Element 2.2.3 aims to achieve
Management, educators, family day care educator assistants and other staff members must be aware of current child protection policy and procedures, including their legal responsibilities, and be able to act when required to protect any child who is at risk of abuse or neglect.
Assessment guide for meeting Element 2.2.3 (for all services)
Awareness of role and responsibility to protect children
Assessors may observe educators:
- listening and responding to families’ comments about their day-to-day observations of their child and the events occurring in their lives
- remaining vigilant about observing and responding to signs or indicators of child abuse and/ or neglect.
Assessors may discuss:
how nominated supervisors, educators, co-ordinators family day care educator assistants and staff members develop their awareness of any obligation under child protection law
- how new or relieving educators, family day care educator assistants and other staff members are made aware of their responsibilities in relation to child protection and the particular protection needs of individual children in the service
- any support mechanisms in place for educators and other staff members who identify children at risk.
Assessors may sight:
- that current information about child protection procedures and expectations is provided to service staff
- that nominated supervisors, educators, co-ordinators and family day care educator assistants have attended training or professional development on child protection
- that information is provided to families about the service’s practices in relation to child protection
- that nominated supervisors, educators and co-ordinators work collaboratively with other authorities and/or professionals to support children who have specific protection needs
- a current list of local community resources that can provide information and support for children, families and service staff in relation to children at risk of abuse and/or neglect.