Please see below for the 2021-2022 FDCA's Member Initiatives that fall under the 'Represent' priority.
Embedding National Principles for Child Safe Organisations
This Member Initiative will see FDCA engage with external experts to develop guidance to assist services commence their journey in embedding the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations (National Principles).
The National Principles give effect to the recommendations of the Royal Commission relating to the Child Safe Standards, and provide guidance on key actions and performance measures in implementing the standards.
The recent Review of the National Quality Framework (NQF) aims to increase awareness and education about child sexual abuse by embedding the National Principles into the NQF.
While services are required to have policies and procedures in place on providing a child safe environment, analysis of the National Principles against the NQF identified that while there was a high degree of alignment between the National Principles and the NQF, some gaps were apparent.
Once developed, this guidance material will be made available for FREE to FDCA service members.
The FDCA CALD Working Group
Family day care consists of educators and service staff from a wide variety of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds. As such, in 2021-2022 FDCA will look to establish a new “CALD Working Group” in order to assist CALD educators and services within the sector with the key issues they face.
The new CALD Working Group will function as a time-limited Project Advisory Committee and will be made up of FDCA members from a variety of CALD backgrounds.
Keep an eye on your inbox later this year for an email from FDCA regarding expressions of interest for the FDCA CALD Working Group.
2021/2022 Election Commitments
With the next Federal Election to take place in late 2021 or 2022, one of our most important Member Initiatives will be the development of an Election Commitments document.
This document will be developed in consultation with all FDCA members, giving you the opportunity to contribute to FDCA’s key requests on behalf of the family day care sector.
This document will then be provided to all major Australian political parties prior to the Australian Federal Election, outlining the key policy positions of FDCA and associated requests of the family day care sector for the major parties and the incoming Australian Government.
Following responses from the major parties, FDCA will inform members of which policy positions the parties are willing to adopt in the lead up to the Federal Election.