To inform child protection workers about the consent procedures required for the termination of a pregnancy for a child in the CEO's care.
Child protection workers should contact the surgeon or general practitioner (GP) to request a report on:
Child protection workers must inform the surgeon or GP of any medical conditions (for example allergies, possible genetic implications, etc.) and request that the surgeon or GP alert other appropriate medical personnel.
In most cases, the child’s informed consent is required in writing before a termination of pregnancy can be performed. The child must be referred for counselling before a final decision is made.
Child protection workers should consider the wishes and views of the child and provide information in a manner and language that the child can understand.
In situations involving a child with disabilities, child protection workers must undertake an assessment to determine the child’s needs and best interests. Consultation should occur with Disability Services Commission and/or any other agency involved with the child.
Child protection workers should make reasonable attempts, where appropriate, to contact the child’s parents to seek their views and wishes, and involve them in the process.
Child protection workers should also make contact with the child's carer to involve them in the process.
Child protection workers should refer to Assist User Guides - Templates Relating to Children in Care template. Select 'Termination of Pregnancy' from the 'templates' tab in the child's '360 degree view'. Enter all relevant details to the template submission for approval.
Child protection workers must also complete a:
Child protection workers must obtain the child’s written consent for the termination procedure (if possible). This should be forwarded with the submission.
Child protection workers submit the documentation to their team leader. The team leader checks, considers, endorses and submits the documentation to the district director for consideration.
The district director considers the submission and, if appropriate, endorses it and forwards the documentation to the relevant Executive Director State-wide and South East or State-wide and South West for consideration and approval.
The Executive Director considers the submission and approves, if appropriate, and signs Form 134 Consent Form and Form 269 covering letter.
The executive assistant forwards the signed letter and Consent Form to the surgeon, hospital or GP by fax. The executive assistant makes a copy of the covering letter and consent form and scans and returns the copies and the other documentation to the child protection worker in the district office.
The executive assistant posts the original signed letter and consent form to the surgeon, hospital or GP.
Child protection workers must scan and save the documents onto the case file and record the relevant details in the child's Quarterly Care Review in Assist.