Protecting Children and Young People is Everyone's Business

$48/per user

  • 12 months access
  • 1 attempt at passing

What you will learn

Everybody has a role in promoting health, safety and wellbeing for children and young people (CYP), including individuals, families, service providers, communities and organisations.

This level 1 foundation course is designed to support all health staff to recognise and respond to CYP safety issues through the development of baseline skills and knowledge. Clinical staff may follow up with the level 2 courses shown.


This is the first course in the series of four Child Safe courses.

Level 1 Foundation course, for all health staff

  • Protecting Children and Young People is Everyone's Business

Level 2 courses, for clinical staff and their managers

  • Understanding and Responding to Major Risk Factors
  • Responding to Suspected Harm or Risk of Harm
  • Trauma Informed Care

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • identify who is required by law to notify suspicion of risk of harm
  • recognise how to respond to a child or young person who makes a disclosure
  • describe what is meant by a public health approach to nurturing and protecting CYP and identify examples of approaches
  • identify factors of adversity that place CYP at risk
  • identify protective factors that predict better outcomes for CYP and families, particularly in situations of risk or adversity
  • describe your duty of care in relation to child protection
  • recognise the indicators of CYP harm caused by sexual, physical, mental or emotional abuse or neglect
  • identify local statutory processes related to CYP safety.

About this course


The course will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.

Certificate of Completion

On successful completion of the assessments you can download a certificate of completion.


This course adheres to South Australian (SA Health) guidelines and Australian National Standards.

The principles described in the course can however be applied to any health care setting.

If you practice outside South Australia it is your responsibility to refer to the specific requirements of your local health authority.


This course aligns with the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards, Second Edition – Standards 1, 2, 5 and 6.

Clinical Governance Standard: Ticked Partnering with Consumers Standard: Ticked Preventing and Controlling Healthcare-Associated Infection Standard Medication Safety Standard Comprehensive Care Standard: Ticked Communication for Safety Standard: Ticked Blood Management Standard Recognising and Responding to Acute Deterioration Standard

Responding to and reporting suspected harm in CYP

South Australian Government, Department for Child Protection:
Child Abuse Report Line (CARL): 13 14 78
Reporting suspected harm of children and young people.
Mandated reporters/notifiers and their role
Indicators of harm or risk to children and young people
What not to report/notify as suspected harm to children and young people
Preparing to report/notify suspected harm to children and young people
Responding to a child or young person about harm

South Australian Government:
Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017
Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935

Your wellbeing and self care

Dealing with child safety and wellbeing can, at times, be quite challenging and confronting. If you find this is the case, do what you need to do to take care of yourself so that you can continue with your learning. This might involve taking a break, taking time to think about what is causing the discomfort or talking to someone else about your thoughts or feelings.

National support

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
    Check your own organisation for contact details.
  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
    Available to all Australians experiencing a personal crisis.
  • Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
    Available to people living in Australia aged 15 years and older.
  • Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800
    Counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.
  • 1800RESPECT: 1800 737732
    National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service.

South Australia

  • Healing Centre for Griefology.
    Culturally sensitive counsellors for Aboriginal employees and their families.

Course structure