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Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback for the family day care consultation!

HAVE YOUR SAY;

Standards Australia has released the draft of AS 1926.1:2019 Swimming pool safety - Safety barriers for swimming pools for public comment.

Stakeholders are encouraged to download and thoroughly analyse the document and provide comments to Standards Australia before the closing date of 31 December 2019.

In its final published form, this Standard is likely to be automatically adopted in Western Australia through the next edition of the Building Code of Australia, due on 1 May 2022.

A copy of the draft can be downloaded here

"The objective of this Standard is to assist pool owners and pool users to avoid pool-related drowning 
by providing the design, construction and performance specifications of various barrier options, which 
are intended to restrict entry to the swimming pool area by young children."

Note: You will have to register in order to download the draft and provide comment which is a quick and simple enough process.

What are we advocating for?

  • A proactive community working towards reducing incidents of drowning in small children.

  • Specific legislation structured around family day care that ensures that the safety of children is priority.

  • Improved coronial experience for bereaved families.

  • Increased suppport for families who experience sudden and unexpected child loss.

Coroner's Recommendations;

1. I recommend that the Honourable Minister for Child Protection and Community Services give consideration to amending the relevant legislation in Western Australia to exclude homes with a swimming pool, outdoor spa or jacuzzi from being used to operate a family day care service where children under the age of five are admitted to care, which should come into effect immediately given the high level of risk of drowning.
 
2. I recommend that the Honourable Minister for Child Protection and Community Services give consideration to amending the relevant legislation in Western Australia to exclude new family day care educators from being approved to operate a family day care service from a home with a swimming pool, outdoor spa or jacuzzi.
 
3. I recommend that the Honourable Minister for Child Protection and Community Services give consideration to amending the relevant legislation in Western Australia to require that where an existing family day care educator operates a family day care service from a home with a swimming pool, outdoor spa or Jacuzzi (which will only be for children over the age of 5 years) the approved provider must physically inspect the property monthly to ensure that the safety barrier to the water hazard is functioning effectively and there are no climbable hazards in proximityto the fencing. The need for direct supervision in proximity to the water hazard must also be reiterated to the educator during each inspection.
 

4. I recommend that the Honourable Minister for Child Protection and Community Services give consideration to requiring all family day care educators to have a fixed landline installed at their premises so that it is available to contact emergency services in the case of an emergency.

    You can read further comment from the Coroner here.

    **It is important to note that while the Coroner has handed down recommendations with great consideration to what will prevent further incidents, it is ultimately up to government with regards to which changes, if any, to adopt and legislate.

    

    Meetings and Correspondence with the Premier, Attorney General and Minister for Community Services. 

    Meeting brief; 15th August 2018
    Attendees:  Mark McGowan, Premier; John Quigley, Attorney General; Simone McGurk, Minister for Community Services.

    Meeting brief; 26th June 2018 
    Attendees: Simone McGurk, Minister for Community Services.

    Response to brief from Minister for Community Services; 25th July 2018

    Response to Minister for Community Services; 30th July 2018

    Response from Minister for Community Services; 13th August 2018

    Other Relevant Reports and/or Campaigns

    The following information includes additional data around drowning prevention reports, links and campaigns sourced from around the world. 

    Ombudsman investigation into childhood drowning.

    Samuel Morris Foundation - "Australia's only charity supporting children disabled by near drowning (or other hypoxic brain injuries) and preventing future drowning deaths and disabilities through drowning prevention education and awareness."

    Churchill Fellowship - Paul ReynoldsTo reduce incidents of drowning particularly amongst young children - Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Philippines, New Zealand

    United Nations Drowning Prevention Group Launched on World Water Day.