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6.13 Leaving a Residential Home Unattended

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

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Legislation

Purpose

​​To provide residential care workers with clear procedures for leaving a residential home unattended. 

Practice Requirements

  • ​​​​​​Residential care workers must secure the home and redirect phone lines to the mobile telephone that they will take with them so that the home continues to be contactable.

Procedures

  • Prior to leaving a residential house unattended ensure the following steps are completed
  • Prior to leaving a residential house unattended ensure the following steps are completed


    • ​​​Verify the whereabouts of all children.
    • Secure all external doors and windows. 
    • Securely store petty cash, unused keys, and other valuables in the safe or a locked cabinet. 
    • Check (and store securely as appropriate) any equipment and toys that may have been left outside. 
    • Lock all doors and take the appropriate telephone. 
    • Turn off heating or air-conditioning units. 
    • Turn external lights on if vacating the premises or returning after dark.​
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