Best Practice Guidelines CEC
The Best practice guidelines for anaphylaxis prevention and management in children’s education and care (the Guidelines) are based on the current evidence-base and best practice. The Guidelines have been developed in consultation with key stakeholder organisations, staff working in the children’s education and care (CEC) sector and parents of children who are enrolled in CEC services. These Guidelines aim to provide best practice guidance and associated support documents to reduce the risk of anaphylaxis in CEC services while supporting children to participate in the full range of CEC activities.
The Guidelines have been developed to provide guidance and support to CEC services across all jurisdictions of Australia. However, it is important to note the following:
- National legislation exists and CEC services must comply with the national regulations.
- Jurisdictional legislation may exist, and CEC services must comply with the legislation in their jurisdiction.
- Where jurisdictional guidelines exist, CEC services are encouraged to comply with the guidelines in their jurisdiction.
- The Guidelines may recommend measures which are additional to the legislation and/or guidelines nationally and in your jurisdiction and implementing these additional measures where possible is encouraged.
The Guidelines can be used by overarching bodies (such as state and territory Departments) when reviewing and updating their legislation, central guidelines, policies and procedures to improve standardisation of anaphylaxis management across Australia. The Guidelines can also be used by individual CEC services (particularly where guidelines, policies or procedures are not available) to identify appropriate strategies to manage anaphylaxis at the individual CEC service level.
To support the adoption of the Guidelines, several supporting resources have been developed including an Implementation Guide (Part B of this document), templates and sample documents. These resources are publicly available as free downloads from this website.
While these guidelines refer to strategies for preventing and managing anaphylaxis in children, CEC services should also implement appropriate strategies for staff, volunteers and visitors with confirmed allergies (i.e. people with an ASCIA Action Plan for Anaphylaxis or an ASCIA Action Plan for Allergic Reactions).
Content updated October 2021.