By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Identify the Child Youth and Family process when a complaint or allegation is made
  • Identify sources of support if an allegation happens
  • Develop strategies on how to keep carers and their families safe
  • Identify how to ensure the home environment is safe
  • Describe the benefits of keeping good records

The first session will raise the carer’s awareness about situations they may not have previously thought were risky, when caring for a child. The intent of the session is not trying to scare participants away from providing care to a child/young person, but rather help them to be realistic about the possibility of a complaint or allegation being made and for carers to be able to identify the process CYF must follow.

The second session will assist carers to understand that they may have an allegation or complaint made against them by the child or young person they are or have cared for. It is also important for carers to recognise support strategies they might engage to manage their responses if a complaint or allegation of abuse was made against them or a family member. The intent of this session is to allow the participants to describe prevention strategies to help reduce the risk of allegations and to identify some safe family rules they can implement

The third session will introduce the participants to a range of environmental safety factors they need to consider to keep a child safe. The intent of this session is to identify potentially unsafe situations where the children may be injured and make improvements to reduce the risks. It also explores some online safety tips and resources for carers to implement when a child or young person has access to the internet / cell phones.

The last session looks at the purpose of keeping records when caring for a child on behalf of the Chief Executive. It looks at the difference between a child’s diary and personal journals, and the purposes and benefits of each. Children who spend time in care can end up with gaps in their childhood memories, this session explores how the carer and the child can work together to make a Life Book which will help fill in those gaps. This session also explores how the carer, within the Privacy Act, is required to use and store personal information to protect individual privacy.

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