Statement of Standards
Foster and kinship carers are required to provide a level of care which is consistent with the statement of standards, as outlined in section 122 of the Child Protection Act 1999.
The statement of standards provides a way to measure quality of care and forms a basis for assessing whether a care environment is acceptable. The standards are interpreted with consideration to the needs of each individual child.
The Act outlines the following standards:
- The Chief Executive (Director-General) must take reasonable steps to ensure a child placed in care under section 82 is cared for in a way that meets the following standards (the statement of standards):
- the child’s dignity and rights will be respected at all times
- the child’s needs for physical care will be met, including adequate food, clothing and shelter
- the child will receive emotional care that allows him or her to experience being cared about and valued and that contributes to the child’s positive self-regard
- the child’s needs relating to his or her culture and ethnic grouping will be met
- the child’s material needs relating to his or her schooling, physical and mental stimulation, recreation and general living will be met
- the child will receive education, training or employment opportunities relevant to the child’s age and ability
- the child will receive positive guidance when necessary to help him or her to change inappropriate behaviour
- the child will receive dental, medical and therapeutic services necessary to meet his or her needs
- the child will be given the opportunity to participate in positive social and recreational activities appropriate to his or her developmental level and age
- the child will be encouraged to maintain family and other significant personal relationships
- if the child has a disability – the child will receive care and help appropriate to the child’s special needs
- For subsection (1)(g), techniques for managing the child’s behaviour must not include corporal punishment or punishment that humiliates, frightens or threatens the child in a way that is likely to cause emotional harm.
- For subsection (1)(j), if the chief executive has custody or guardianship of the child, the child’s carer must act in accordance with the chief executive’s reasonable directions.
- The application of the standards to the child’s care must take into account what is reasonable having regard to:
- the length of time the child is in the care of the carer or care service
- the child’s age and development.