Guidelines for Protecting Children 2015

Applicable to: All staff in WA Health, including WA Health employees, VMO’s, agency nursing staff

This Policy is currently under review. For requirements related to Mandatory e-learning please refer to MP0166/21 Mandatory Reporting of Child Sexual Abuse Training Policy.

The remainder of these guidelines are in the process of being replaced by a suite of tools to promote accountability and governance. In the interim, please direct inquires to the Statewide Protection of Children Coordination (SPOCC) Unit (tel 6456 0030).

Description: The Guidelines for Protecting Children 2009 have been reviewed in consultation with key stakeholders and have been replaced with the Guidelines for Protecting Children 2015 (Guidelines).

The new Guidelines, which include the WA Health Protection of Children Policy, are the primary initial resource to support all WA Health employees to comply with their legal and professional responsibilities in protection of children matters. The Guidelines provide a range of information and resources to support health workers to identify and respond to child protection concerns, make notifications and referrals to other agencies and manage ongoing involvement with the child/family.

All WA Health staff are required to comply with the Guidelines. It is the responsibility of managers to ensure that all staff have access to a copy of the policy.

Queries regarding this policy should be directed to the Statewide Protection of Children Coordination unit at spoccunit@health.wa.gov.au.

The Guidelines are available on the mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse webpage at www.health.wa.gov.au/mandatoryreport. Limited print copies will be distributed to major health centres and will be available on request to health staff/locations who do not have consistent access to the internet.
 
Legal requirements: Children and Community Services Act (2004)

Guidelines for Protecting Children 2015

The existing Guidelines for Protecting Children 2009 have been reviewed in consultation with key stakeholders and have been replaced with the Guidelines for Protecting Children 2015.

This policy applies to all persons employed in WA Health, which incorporates the following four entities:

  • Department of Health
  • WA Country Health Services
  • Metropolitan Health Services
  • Peel Health Service

The Guidelines outline the processes and requirements for health staff regarding:

  • Communicating with clients when there are child abuse, neglect and/or protection concerns
  • Identifying child abuse, neglect and/or protection concerns
  • Assessing, consulting, examining, documenting and notifying child protection concerns within WA Health and between WA Health and the Department for Child Protection and Family Support, and/or WA Police.
  • The ongoing case management of children when child abuse, neglect and/or protection concerns have been identified.

WA Health staff are required to comply with these Guidelines.

It is the responsibility of managers to ensure that all staff have access to a copy of the Guidelines. Queries regarding this policy should be directed to the Statewide Protection of Children Coordination unit at spoccunit@health.wa.gov.au.

The Guidelines are available on the SPOCC website. A hard copy can be requested from SPOCC for health staff without internet access.

Professor Bryant Stokes
A/DIRECTOR GENERAL
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WA

Date of effect: 01 June 2015

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