To provide residential care workers with guidelines for safe swimming and water practices.
Residential care workers must be aware of the potential dangers involved in water activities and be mindful that a child in the CEO’s care may not have had the same opportunities as other children to learn water safety and swimming skills.
Each child’s swimming ability must be checked (refer to the child’s Residential Care Plan) before a child participates in water activities as the age of the child is not a guide to their knowledge of water safety or capacity to swim.
If residential care workers plan swimming activities at the beach they must take the necessary precautions. If there are flags, swim between the flags and follow directions given by surf life savers.
Pools onsite at residential homes must display relevant water safety and CPR signage. Additionally, children must be supervised at all times. Residential care workers supervising children must have the capacity to perform a water safety rescue or be able to swim.