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6.7 Bed Checks

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

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​​To provide information about levels of supervision required for the safety of all children living in residential care. The level of supervision required depends on each individual’s level of need as assessed by residential care workers or defined by Safety Plans or Residential Care Plans.

Practice Requirements

  • ​​​Residential care workers must provide supervision at all times within the home. This includes knowing where all the children are and that they are safe. 
  • During the night, residential care workers must check the welfare of all the children who are residing in the home. The frequency of these checks may alter depending on each child’s situation. 
  • Residential care workers must record bed check in the Log Book, noting the time and a brief comment about the child. 
  • If the child appears asleep, and there are no concerns, a final bed check must be completed between 6.30am and 7.00am.​


  • Bed Checks
  • Bed Checks

    • ​​​Bed checks must be completed after the child has had a chance to settle and/or until they appear asleep. 
    • If residential care workers are advised of, or believe there are particular risks associated with a child, whether identified in the safety plan or not, the frequency of these checks must be increased for that child accordingly. 
    • Such concerns may include sexualised behaviour, self-harming, victim of bullying, drug or substance use, recent conflict, out of character behaviour, etc. These bed checks must be between 15 to 30 minutes as deemed necessary by the senior residential care workers on shift. The time and observation of all checks must be logged with a brief comment on the child’s status. 
    • If residential care workers are unable to access a bedroom to conduct the necessary checks they must log the particular details, and if necessary contact the on call manager or, as per country arrangements, for advice or permission to take specific action.​


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