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Child Safety Training

Our programs are designed to be delivered in-house to staff or volunteer groups in your organisation. The programs range in length from 2 hours to 2 days and provide different levels of engagement for participants, from Speak Up, which is our introductory training program to Creating Child Safety Champions, which empowers participants to promote and lead child safety initiatives in their organisation.


Training for volunteers, staff, parents and carers

We equip staff and volunteers in your organisation with vital knowledge and skills to identify risks to children and strengthen internal child protection and child safeguarding practices. Our training programs cater to the specific needs of your staff including, ‘Introduction to Child Safe Practice’ for frontline staff who engage with children and young people,  ‘Leading a Child Safe Organisation’ for executives and management, ‘Personal Safety’ for teachers and educators in the early learning and primary education sector, and ‘Wise Parent’ for parents and carers amongst our other programs.

Public workshops

We deliver public training workshops at a range of locations throughout Australia. The public sessions provide an opportunity for peer-to-peer discussion and networking with other professionals and service providers that work with children and/or young people.
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Training Programs


Speak Up

Identifying and responding to child abuse

Speak Up is an introductory training program which aims to help you identify and recognise signs and indicators of child abuse and build confidence about what to do if you have concerns about a child. The training includes an overview of the legislative context around child safety and mandatory reporting at an introductory level.

Who should attend?

Speak Up is suitable for staff and volunteers that work with children and/or young people and have had no prior knowledge about child abuse.

Duration

2 hours

Topics
  • What is child abuse?
  • Indicators of child abuse
  • Offender behaviour and the ‘grooming’ process
  • Legislative context
  • Responding to, and reporting child abuse
Learning outcomes
  • Learn how to recognise the physical and behavioural indicators of child abuse
  • Understand the grooming process and how sex offenders can target children and young people
  • Understand your responsibility in preventing and responding to abuse
  • Build confidence in responding to and reporting child abuse

Introduction to Child Safe Practice

Introduction to Child Safe Practice provides an overview of the national and state child safe standards and principles depending on where the organisation is located. It aims to assist staff and volunteers to understand the legislative context and how the standards apply to their organisation and to their day to day work with children and young people.

Who should attend?

Introduction to Child Safe Practice is suitable for staff and volunteers who work with children and/or young people and have some prior understanding of child abuse. It aims to build on this knowledge through exploration of the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and deepen participants’ understanding of how to keep children safe within their organisation.

Duration

3 hours

Topics
  • Legislative and policy context
  • Barriers and challenges to creating a child safe environment
  • Sexual abuse – managing the risks (learnings from the Royal Commission)
  • What constitutes a child safe environment (learnings from the Royal Commission)
  • Responding to incidents, disclosures or allegations
  • Empowering children
Learning outcomes
  • Learn the elements of child safe practice and culture
  • Understand the dynamics of sexual offending and grooming
  • Build confidence in responding to incidents, allegations or disclosures of child abuse

National Child Safe Principles

National Child Safety Principles is a training program which provides an introduction to the National Child Safe Principles and what these mean for your organisation and how you engage with children and young people at work.

Who should attend?

National Child Safe Principles Training is appropriate for organisations and individuals that engage with children or young people and want to know more about their obligations to demonstrate they are safe for children.  Prior training or knowledge of the topic is not required.

Duration

2 hours

Topics
  • Overview of findings from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
  • Overview of the National Child Safe Principles and how they relate to your organisation
  • Unpacking key elements and organisational requirements
  • Best practice approaches to implementing the principles
Learning outcomes
  • Understand legal obligations and how the principles apply to you and your organisation
  • Identify the key elements of a child safe organisation
  • Learn how to implement the principles to effectively strengthen child safety in your organisation

Victorian Child Safe Standards

What you need to know

The Victorian Child Safe Standards (the Standards) are 7 compulsory standards that must be met by organisations in Victoria where children and young people spend time.  This training provides an overview of the Standards and unpacks the requirements of each. Learn how these apply to your organisation and how to implement them to effectively strengthen child safety in your organisation and keep children safe from abuse.

Who should attend?

Victorian Child Safe Standards training is appropriate for Victorian organisations and individuals that engage with children or young people and want to know more about their obligations to demonstrate they are safe for children.  Prior training or knowledge of the topic is not required.

Duration

2 hours

Topics
  • Overview of findings from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and Victorian Betrayal of Trust Inquiry
  • Overview of the Victorian Child Safe Standards and how they relate to your organisation
  • Unpacking key elements and organisational requirements
  • Best practice approaches to implementing the standards
Learning outcomes
  • Understand legal obligations and how the standards apply to you and your organisation
  • Identify the key elements of a child safe organisation
  • Learn how to implement the standards to effectively strengthen child safety in your organisation

Creating Child Safe Organisations

Embedding a child safe culture

The Creating a Child Safe Organisation program unpacks the actions that organisations need to take to ensure they are safe for children and meet their obligations to meet state and federal Government Child Safe Standards and Principles.

Who should attend?

This program is for anyone in an organisation in a leadership or management position, or who has responsibility for keeping children safe via a child safeguarding portfolio.  Using the national child safety principles, it presents an overview of human resource requirements, policies, procedures and practices that strengthen the capacity of organisations to provide a safe and empowering environment for children and young people.

Duration

1 day

Topics
  • Brief overview of child abuse, its indicators, prevalence and impact
  • Legislative context
  • Overview of findings from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
  • Creating a child safe culture
  • Developing a child safe policy framework
  • Exploration of organisational risk and protective factors
  • Promoting best practice in screening, recruitment and selection
  • Responding to and reporting child abuse
  • Empowerment strategies for children and young people
Learning outcomes
  • Gain an understanding of child abuse and its impact on children and young people
  • Understand the findings of the Royal Commission and the risks to children within organisations
  • Understand your organisation’s responsibilities within the current legislative context
  • Learn how to build a child safe culture that promotes the empowerment of children and young people in your organisation
  • Learn how to strengthen screening, recruitment and selection processes in your organisation
  • Learn how to implement procedures that encourage an effective response to concerns, allegations or incidences of child abuse

Creating Child Safety Champions

Become a child safety champion for your organisation

Creating Child Safety Champions is an intensive training program designed to give you the skills and knowledge to lead a child safeguarding portfolio or reform in your organisation.

Who should attend?

This comprehensive training program is recommended for Child Safety Officers and other professionals that have a responsibility to lead the implementation of a child safe environment for children and young people.  It equips participants to lead child safety reforms within their organisation through exploration of the practical application of child safe standards and principles.  Participants are able to join our Child Wise Community of Practice and get access to a broad range of resources to support their work.

Duration

2 days

Topics
  • Brief overview of child abuse, its indicators, prevalence and impact
  • Findings and learnings from the Royal Commission
  • The child protection/child safeguarding legislative and policy context in Australia
  • Practical application of the Child Safe Principles in an organisational environment
    • Principle 1: Leadership, governance and culture
    • Principle 2: Children's participation and empowerment
    • Principle 3: Families and community involvement
    • Principle 4: Equity and diverse needs
    • Principle 5: Human resource management
    • Principle 6: Child focused complaints process
    • Principle 7: Staff education and training
    • Principle 8: Physical and online environments
    • Principle 9: Review and continuous improvement
    • Principle 10: Child safe policies and procedures.
Learning outcomes
  • Become a child safety champion for your organisation
  • Understand legislative and policy requirements around child abuse prevention, identification, responding and reporting
  • Learn how to meet the Child Safe Principles in your organisation
  • Identify steps to build and embed a child safe organisational mind set in your organisation

Leading a Child Safe Organisation

Become a leader in child safety

Leading a Child Safe Organisation is designed for leaders and senior managers to gain an understanding of the legislative and policy requirements or organisations to safeguard children and young people in their care.  This program summarises the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and the obligations relating to meeting the national Child Safe Principles to ensure that leadership teams understand their obligations and can lead organisational responses and reform.

Who should attend?

This training program is recommended for leaders, management and executive members in organisations where children and young people spend time. Prior training or knowledge of the topic is not required.

Duration

2 hours

Topics
  • An overview of the findings of the Royal Commission
  • A briefing on child safe standards and relevant legislation
  • An examination of the signs, indicators and impacts of child abuse and neglect
  • An overview of child safe standards/principles
  • Team based analysis examining strengths and areas for improvement
  • An examination of organisational and business processes including governance, human resources and the management of public spaces
  • Risk Management and mitigation
Learning outcomes
  • Understand the risks to children and young people in organisations
  • Develop a common understanding of the relevant legislation and policy context
  • Develop a common understanding of child abuse and neglect
  • Understand the factors that make organisations safe/unsafe for children and young people
  • Identify ‘next steps’ for the development of child safety policy and practice in you organisation

Personal Safety

For teachers and educators that work with young children

Personal Safety aims to provide teachers or those working with primary school aged children with knowledge, skills and confidence to teach children practical empowerment and assertiveness techniques to minimise their risk of abuse. Adults play an important role in building children’s skills and confidence in relation to personal safety and research indicates that children who have been taught about personal safety are less vulnerable to abuse.

The Personal Safety program is delivered as a “train-the-trainer” program and is supported by a comprehensive teaching manual that details each personal safety theme with supporting activities, templates and links to useful resources.

Who should attend?

This program recommended for teachers, educators and other staff or volunteers that work with early childhood or primary school aged children. Prior training or knowledge of the topic is not required.

Duration

3.5 hours

Topics
  • Promoting the concept of children’s right to feel safe
  • Helping children to identify their feelings and early warning signs to assist in recognising safe and unsafe situations
  • Encouraging children to become body aware
  • Supporting children to identify safe and unsafe touch
  • Building assertiveness
  • Online safety
Learning Outcomes
  • Build confidence in relation to talking with children about personal safety
  • Learn how to support and empower children to seek support if they feel unsafe
  • Learn how to create and maintain a culture of child safety and minimise the risk of abuse
  • Learn how to handle disclosures and how to report

Wise Parent

What you need to know

Wise Parent is a program designed to provide parents and carers with the tools to recognise and prevent child abuse, as well as empower them to respond to concerns, incidents and disclosures of abuse. Parents will learn how to communicate with their children about personal safety, empower their children and minimise risks of abuse.

Who should attend?

Wise Parent is recommended for all parents and carers of children, with or without prior knowledge of child abuse prevention.

Duration

2 hours

Topics
  • What is child abuse, signs and indicators
  • Offender behaviour and the ‘grooming’ process
  • The Child Wise Personal Safety Education Program
  • How to communicate with and educate your child about personal safety, body ownership
  • Online safety
  • Responding to disclosures
Learning Outcomes
  • Gain an understanding of child abuse and neglect
  • Understand relevant legislation
  • Learn about the Child Wise Personal Safety Education Program
  • Understand the personal safety education teachers will be delivering to children
  • Learn ways you can reinforce personal safety messages at home


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