It has come to our attention that some RTO's are stating that Nominated Supervisors and day to day staff in charge must have the current CHCPRT001 or CHCPRT002 Statement of Attainment. This information is incorrect, any of the services who have been completing the annual updates we provide are abiding with the education and care law. We have copied the letter we received from the Department of Education when we noticed the change on their updated website. We were unsure ourselves which is why we went to the source. This is something we always pride ourselves in advising you to do when you are unsure of something.
Thank you for your email to Early Childhood Education at the NSW Department of Education.
Under National Regulation clause 84, the Nominated Supervisor and all staff are to be aware of the existence of and their obligations under child protection law.
Under National Law section 162A, the approved provider of an education and care service must ensure that each nominated supervisor and each person in day-to-day charge of the service has successfully completed the child protection training (if any) required by or under the law of this jurisdiction, a Government protocol applying to the approved provider in this jurisdiction or otherwise required by this jurisdiction.
he following units of competencies are approved. Current approved units are offered by registered training organisations:
CHCPRT001 - Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCCHILD401A - Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCCHILD401B - Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCPT0002 - Support the rights and safety of children and young people
CHCCHILD404A- Support the rights and safety of children and young people , CHCCHILD404B- Support the rights and safety of children and young people
Previous approved child protection qualifications
- CHCCHILD1B or CHCCHILD1C - Identify and respond to children and young people at risk of harm – delivered by a TAFE or other RTO
- CHCCHILD2 support the rights and safety of children within duty of care requirements (TAFE NSW only)
- CHCCHILD2A support the rights and safety of children within duty of care requirements – delivered by a TAFE or other RTO
- Identify and respond to children and young people at risk (3294G identify and respond to risk of harm) – delivered by TAFE NSW only
- Identify and respond to children and young people at risk (combination of 3290K legislative and ethical requirements and 3292P child protection) – delivered by TAFE NSW only
In addition, the Making a difference child protection qualification (delivered by various providers) is recognised as approved only if the person who completed it did so before 1 October 2004 and the person was an authorised supervisor under the Children's Services Regulation at the time.
A person who has already completed one of the approved courses in child protection listed above is not required to update their training. However, holders of previously approved child protection qualifications are encouraged to update their knowledge with current child protection requirements. It is an ongoing requirement to maintain awareness of child protection responsibilities. While there are no mandatory ‘expiry date’ on child protection training courses or issued certificates, nominated supervisors and any person with day-to-day charge should participate in child protection refreshers every 12 – 24 months, and whenever significant changes are made to the child protection law or reporting requirements. This is regardless of whether a person has completed a superseded or previous approved course.
Regular refreshers ensure that they are aware of the current child protection law and understand their obligations under that law (R84 Education and Care Services National Regulations).
We hope this information has been of assistance to you. Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Information and Enquiries team.
Information and Enquiries Team l Early Childhood Education Directorate
Locked Bag 5107, PARRAMATTA NSW 2124
T: 1800 619 113 I F: 02 8633 1810 l E: I W: www.det.nsw.edu.au