Section 31 of the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 requirescertain health clinicians and health workers to report to the Department for Child Protection their suspicion that a child or young person is, or may be, at risk. Nevertheless SA Health supports all its employees reporting their reasonable suspicions that children or young people are, or may be, at risk. This recognises that everybody has a duty to keep children and young people safe from harm. Child abuse and neglect has immediate and lifelong impacts on health and wellbeing. SA Health has developed a number of policies and processes to meet its statutory obligations.
Child protection - Mandatory reporting of suspicion that a child or young person (0 to 18 years) is or may be at risk of harm policy directive
priority access to health services for eligible children
ongoing health care planning, monitoring and review.
This Policy Directive is an updated version of the 2007 Health Standards developed collaboratively by SA Health and Families SA. The updated Health Standards address the National Standards for Out of Home Care, developed under the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020 and incorporate key elements of the National Clinical Assessment Framework.
Safe Sleeping Policy Directive and South Australian Safe Sleeping Standards
The purpose of the Safe Infant Sleeping Policy Directive (PDF 1MB) is to ensure all staff and volunteers, whose work brings them in contact with parents and caregivers with infants under 12 months of age, effectively promote and model safe infant sleep practices and environments consistent with the South Australian Safe Infant Sleeping Standards. The policy relates to staff in all facilities and settings. The policy ensures parents and caregivers receive consistent and accurate information and have the opportunity to observe recommended safe sleeping practices so that they can implement these on return to their home environment.
The South Australian Safe Infant Sleeping Standards (PDF 511KB) aim to ensure staff in all facilities (i.e. antenatal, birthing, postnatal, paediatric, child health, childcare, community and general practice settings) promote and model safe infant care practices and environments consistent with the Standards. They also aim to:
ensure consistent and accurate information is given to parents/caregivers
provide the opportunity for new parents and caregivers to observe recommended safe sleeping practices that take into consideration the needs of the baby and the family so that parents can implement these on return to their home environment; and
support staff ongoing training and/or professional development activities to promote safe sleeping best-practices.
South Australian Public Health (Severe Domestic Squalor) Policy and Guideline
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