Regulatory changes across Australia are on the way to ensure organisations with children in their care comply with nationally consistent child safe standards. All councils in Australia will need to ensure their child safeguarding standards and processes are at the highest possible level and that they have the systems in place to meet changing legislation and best practice.
Consider having your team trained by Child Wise, pioneers in child safety, to ensure your council meets the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations. Our qualified and experienced experts will come to you and train your teams focusing on awareness, prevention and early intervention.
Our child protection training programs are beneficial for a range of council areas including early year’s staff, out of school hours care services, libraries, maternal health, sport and recreation, crossing supervisors, leadership and councillors.
Why Child Wise?
Child Wise can assist councils in ways to encourage a child safe culture and mindset with all staff and volunteers and the local community.
Child Wise has worked with councils extensively since the Royal Commission and has developed expertise in understanding councils’ unique needs and how they relate to child safeguarding. Our advisors have experience in understanding the complexities councils face of not only embedding the National Principles or Standards into areas such as early years, maternal health, sport and recreation and youth work, but also into overarching risk policies, procurement, grants, waste management, events and more.
We have worked with 36 councils in the past two years and our Senior Advisor Mandy Britt-Crowhurst regularly attends the Child Safe Local government network meeting in Victoria. She has also presented to an Emergency Management forum for a collective of 8 councils in November 2019 on how child safeguarding can be woven into an emergency response and creating child friendly spaces.
Child Wise has delivered many bespoke training sessions for councils, whether it be 30 sessions over 6 months training all council staff and volunteers or a one off training presentation for library staff, school crossing supervisors, lifeguards, councilors or local community groups.
Training Packages for Councils
We have a range of child safety training programs that can be tailored to meet your needs. Our packages range from our Child Safe Fundamentals package to our Child Safety Champions package for people who have a dedicated child safety portfolio or want to have a more detailed understanding.
Format of Our Child Protection Training Programs
Our programs range in length from 2 hours to 2 days and provide different levels of engagement depending on your council’s specific needs.
We provide in-house training sessions that are tailored to the size and complexity of your council as well as the needs of your team.
We include practical hands on activities and examples that can be tailored to your council to reinforce the learning experience.
You can find a full list of our child safety training sessions and workshops here.
Child Protection Resources and Outcomes for Councils
Depending on the program, we will provide attendees with valuable learning material to take away to deepen their knowledge and keep as a reference.
The material provided can help participants map out their action plans and what to do next when back in their day jobs, provide reference material that can be used on a day to day basis as well as help participants to share their experience with fellow colleagues.
Our training sessions will provide team members networking and sharing opportunities in a safe space.
Learning outcomes vary by type of training program as well as by what your council wants to achieve in that specific session, which will be discussed and agreed with our experts prior to the session.
Book one of our in-house training sessions with our experts now.
Consultancy for Councils
Our Child Wise advisors can work closely with council staff to conduct a thorough review of organisational culture, policies and practices to help implement the highest child safe standards. We provide guidance at each stage of this process to help build internal capacity to maintain a child safe environment into the future. We can support organisations by developing an over-arching child safety framework that pulls together all relevant policies, procedures and approaches to guide teams in their work with children and young people.
For more information on our consultancy services please discuss your organisational needs with our child safety advisors.