Understanding about training and supervision

Providers that are committed to providing a quality service provide their staff appropriate orientation and ongoing opportunities for training and professional development in order for staff to continuously develop, strengthen and maintain their skills.

Independent contractors should also show evidence that they are keeping their skills current by engaging in training and professional development.

Training should relate to children’s development and needs,  how to provide them with a safe environment, and information about risk factors for children.

Quality organisations also monitor their staff’s progress, their job performance and compliance  policies and codes of conduct.

Organisations and individual contractors should also be engaged in providing and receiving supervision and professional support.

Finding out more and training and development:

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Questions you could ask to find out more include:

  • What form of induction is provided to new staff?
  • What type of support, training, professional development, supervision and monitoring of staff do you provide?
  • What training and ongoing professional development do you undertake in relation to providing  a child safe organisation?
  • For an individual contractor you could ask about what training, professional development, supervision they receive.

  • Are staff trained in how to promote children’s safety and how does this occur?
  • Are they trained to recognise abuse and neglect and how does this occur?
  • Do staff and volunteers receive regular training about different forms of abuse such as emotional, physical, sexual, and financial abuse and neglect?
  • Are staff, providers and volunteers given training about risk factors for children with disability being placed in situations where they are not safe?
  • Are all staff included – not only those providing direct care, but also those providing other activities or working in non-direct care roles?
Awareness of risk factors

Providers need to be aware of the most serious risk factors that can apply to their own staff. Organisations need to be vigilant to ensure there are no staff members who could be perpetrators, and who may groom children as part of the process of sexual abuse.

You must also keep this in mind when you employ carers and providers for your child. This is very hard to think about but it needs to be done.

Grooming is defined as:

‘a process by which a person prepares a child, significant adults, and the environment for the abuse of the child. Specific goals include gaining access to the child, gaining the child’s compliance and maintaining the child’s secrecy to avoid disclosure. This process serves to strengthen the offender’s abusive pattern, as it may be used as a means of justifying or denying their actions’ (Craven et. al, 2006, quoted in Child Wise, Child Grooming, 2013)

Grooming is now a criminal offence to be reported to Victoria Police. Find out more at: http://www.justice.vic.gov.au/home/safer+communities/protecting+children+and+families/grooming+offence