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Child’s full name: Toby John

DOB: 01.02.17                                                                                                                                        

Three year old Toby is small for his age. He has poor language and social skills and is lagging in cognitive development. Toby is a very active child and has a short attention span. Toby is the oldest of three children. His father is a truck driver and is away from home for several days at a time.

Brian, the caregiver, notices that Toby has tipped a considerable amount of water on himself during water play and asks Toby if he would like to put on some dry clothes. As Brian is helping Toby to change he notices a series of different coloured bruises on Toby’s back and the back of his legs. All of the bruises are an elongated shape. Some of the bruises also have a round shape at one end.

Brian suspects that the bruises were caused by a belt and belt buckle. Casually, Brian says to Toby “How did you get all of these bruises on yourself Toby?” Toby quickly pulls his jumper down, and with eyes down- cast, replies, “I falled off my bed”.


(Source: Kearns, K Big picture, 2nd ed, Pearson Education, Melbourne, p.71)

 

In the scenario, imagine you are Brian, the Diploma qualified early childhood educator and answer the following questions:

1.     Is Toby at risk of abuse?  From your observations identify the signs and symptoms that lead you to believe that he is at risk and identify the type of abuse he is experiencing.

 

2.     What ethical and nurturing practices would you need to consider in protecting Toby?

 

3.     Give an example of the types of two open ended or non-leading questions you can ask Toby so that you can gather and record relevant and specific information about what has really happened to him?

 

4.     What is your legal responsibility in relation to mandatory reporting, duty of care and confidentiality in response to the scenario?

 

5.     What policies and procedures within the service would guide your practices in response to the scenario?

 

6.     Explain how the United Nations Rights of the child would guide your practice?

 

7.     Explain how National Quality Standards would support your actions in this scenario?

 

 

The following will assist you in completing this task: 

  • Belonging, Being, and Becoming, The early years Learning Framework for Australia
  • National Quality Standards
  • UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011 & Act 2010
  • Victorian Equal Opportunity Act                                        
  • Privacy Act                  
  • Disability Act
  • Workplace Health & Safety Act
  • Child Protection Act
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