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Dr Amanda Gummer PhD "You don’t know what you don’t know - and it can be scary!"

10 Dec 2015 1:34 PM | Anonymous

Guest Post from Dr Amanda Gummer PhD

"...there is a responsibility on the provider of the class to report any suspicions of child abuse and if an activity provider doesn’t have a policy on how they and any staff/franchisees are expected to deal with it, should the worst happen, they would be left vulnerable as they wouldn’t be able to provide evidence that they followed correct procedures for that child."

The CAA accreditation is developed to raise standards across the children’s activity industries and is being embraced by all sizes of business.

In particular, it’s incredibly valuable for organisations that started off small but are now expanding, maybe thinking about franchising or maybe employing staff to run additional classes.

This is an exciting but incredibly stressful time for an organisation and the CAA Accreditation process can help make sure that these organisations have solid foundations upon which to build their businesses.

The amount of things you need to know when running your own business is daunting, but even more so is all the stuff you never knew you needed to know.



Amanda talks about CAA accreditation in this 'up close and personal' vlog.






The CAA accreditation is a step by step process that ensures organisations don’t get caught out with issues that can potentially ruin a whole business.

Take child protection for example, many providers of preschool activities don’t think that this is an issue for them as the parents stay with the child. However, there is a responsibility on the provider of the class to report any suspicions of child abuse and if an activity provider doesn’t have a policy on how they and any staff/franchisees are expected to deal with it, should the worst happen, they would be left vulnerable as they wouldn’t be able to provide evidence that they followed correct procedures for that child. 

It’s a mine field but it doesn’t need to be that scary. The CAA has been set up to support members through the accreditation process and the accreditation modules have been split into 5 manageable modules - Compliance, Training, Programme, Delivery and Customer Service. Members need to complete the compliance module first and then can plan to obtain the remaining modules in a time frame that suits them.

So yes, the CAA Accreditation logo gives parents peace of mind and will help give an activity provider a competitive edge on it’s competitors, but, and possibly more importantly, it helps minimise the risks involved for activity providers and allows them to sleep at night too!

 

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