Perspectives on training requirements for OOH Carers (Carers (Extreme…
Perspectives on training requirements for OOH Carers
Intensive or extensive training may give rise to concerns regarding the rate of pay
Extreme standard of care may not be adhered to due to current award wage
More intensive, extensive and continued training may call for longer working hours and an increased rate of pay to encourage carers
Solution: allow the sharing of carer information across all Aus jurisdictions and OOHC providers
Staff of Regulatory Bodies
Routine interviews with a random selection of children and staff to monitor compliance with standards and effectivity of the implementation of reviewed training standards
Australian Human Rights Commission
2013 article "Preventing sexual abuse of children on out of home care"
Ch 7: UN 2012 observed concerns with carer training, as well as the personality suitability of carers entering into the industry. Concerns with differences in training standards between Au jurisdictions and between OOHC providers
Solution: Unify OOHC training standards to achieve a consistent quality of care and to ensure that a fully-trained carer is equipped to work anywhere in Australia. Should include a personality suitability assessment.
Other organisations and independants
Dr Tucci from the Australian Childhood Foundation (2015) expressed concerns around the process for reporting incidents of sexual abuse. The process is "almost impossible"
Solution: children in OOHC should be interviewed regularly by an independent to foster a close relationship, where the child feels they may disclose any concerns. This could also be carried out by a special OOHC staff member to be the children's' "guardian angel", rather than an OOHC carer.
Gail Furness, SC, addressed the Royal Commission in 2015. She expressed concerns that the majority of sexual abuse in OOCH was child-to-child, rather than carer-to-child. She also stated the in the 1950s-60s, the majority of cases occurred in OOHC institutions run by a state or religious organisation (Bibby, 2015).
Children in OOHC should receive education addressing physical, personal boundaries. Perhaps OOHC providers could participate by hosting child-friendly information sessions where boundaries are discussed. This should be continuously reinforced. May involve teaching children to feel confident saying "no".
Train children how to use telephones, and to memorise the phone number of someone they may call to seek help if they feel their physical boundary is being invaded, or if they feel threatened otherwise by either carers or children.