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6.1 Keys

Last Modified: 04-May-2017 Review Date: 01-Jun-2019

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Legislation


​​To maintain organisational security and personal safety within the home.

Practice Requirements

  • ​​​​​​All residential home spare keys and car keys must be stored in a secure place such as a locked cabinet or safe. 
  • All residential care workers must have access to the locked cabinet or safe. 
  • The location and name of the person in charge of the key must be recorded in the home’s key register. 
  • A child must not be given keys. 
  • Lost keys must be reported immediately to the manager as the safety of workers and children may be compromised. ​​


  • Overview
  • Overview

    ​Each residential care worker is allocated a set of keys whilst at work and is responsible for the security of those keys. The keys typically give access to all rooms in the home and locked cabinets where confidential information, petty cash, medications and sharps are secured. 

    A residential home key can be given to residential care workers on orientation and students at the discretion of the manager or residential care workers on shift. 

    Keys should not be placed where children can access them. 

    The home’s manager and psychologist should also have a key for each group home under their management. 

    A spare key should be kept at the closest or most convenient other residential care home or Department facility to allow the quickest access to the home in the event of a loss of keys while out of the home.


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