Legal and Ethical Issues in Childcare

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PART A: TERM PAPER QUESTIONS & ANSWERS - LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES IN CHILDCARE

1) Record the relevant government agency that deals with child protection in your state – South Australia.
The South Australia Department for Families and Communities (DFC) is responsible for child protection among other things. (COAG) Families SA runs the Child Abuse Report Line on 131 478. The Report Line is the focal point where all child protection concerns are to be reported. There are three teams in operation during these times.
1) The standard Child Abuse Report Line team is made up of social workers. For the sake of integrity all mandatory notifications are reviewed on the day by senior social workers.
2) Aboriginal Family Practitioners man the
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Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) (2012) Responding to Children and Young People’s Disclosures of Abuse (September 2011) National Child Protection Clearing House – Practice Brief Early Childhood Australia – Code of Ethics Children’s Protection Act 1993 S.A. Children’s Protection Regulations (2006) GoodStart Early Learning Policy Number CO-3 Child Protection and Risk Management (November 2010). GoodStart Early Learning Strategy Number CO-3.1 Child Protection and Risk Management Strategy (June 2009). GoodStart Early Learning Procedure Number CO-3.2 Reporting of Harm or Suspected Harm (Mandatory Reporting) (July 2008 reviewed April 2012). GoodStart Early Learning Procedure Number CO-3.3 Maintaining Working with Children Check and Police Clearance (October 2009) Critical Incident Management Policy Confidentiality Policy
4) Referring to the relevant policy and procedure relating to ‘responding to children at risk of harm’, complete the following tasks:
a) Summarise the definition of ‘harm’ as per the relevant policy.
A child is at risk of ‘harm’ if the circumstances that are causing concern for the safety, or wellbeing of the child are significant. The significance can result from a single act (e.g. leaving a child unattended in a car while dashing into the shops or on a hot day) or omission (e.g. no safety seat in
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