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CHILD PROTECTION POLICY [Template] Rationale Why do you need this policy? Objectives What do you want to achieve with this policy? Some matters to consider: The development of prevention strategies that may include personnel policies (which may be cross-referenced), preventative education, staff supervision. Clarification of the nature of liaison with other agencies and procedures for responding to suspected child abuse. Ensuring all those involved in the service are aware that they can and should report suspected abuse. Procedures Home-based licensing criteria HS28 requires that documentation relating to processes for prevention of child abuse and procedures for responding to suspected child abuse is consistent with Child Youth and Family or New Zealand Police guidelines. Consider procedures and processes for educators, co-ordinators and management in relation to: 1. Training about how to recognise and respond to child abuse. 2. Using professional agencies with specialist child abuse knowledge. 3. Maintaining familiarity with laws and regulations which protect children from child abuse. 4. Responding to suspected child abuse in ways that ensure: confidentiality appropriate record-keeping and reporting within the service and with outside agencies appropriate informing of parents the suspected person has no further access to children attending the service while the case is under investigation support for person reporting and child reported on personnel under suspicion are directed to appropriate legal/professional advice and support. 5. The selection/employment of suitable staff and contractors. Disclaimer: This template was provided by Early Childhood Education, Ministry of Education (MOE). This is an example only. . 6. Clarification of roles, responsibilities and professional practice around preventing and responding to suspected child abuse. 7. Relationship management with parents. 8. On-going professional development and preventative education. Approved ____________________________ (Date) ______________ Reviewed i ___________________________ (Date) ______________ Disclaimer: This template was provided by Early Childhood Education, Ministry of Education (MOE). This is an example only. .
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