Protecting Children 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, including individuals, families, service providers, communities and organisations.

This level 1 foundation course is designed to support all health workers to recognise and respond to child 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 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:

  • describe what is meant by a public health approach to nurturing and protecting children and young people (CYP) and identify examples of approaches
  • describe child centred, family focused and strength based practice
  • identify factors of adversity that place children at risk
  • identify protective factors that predict better outcomes for children and families particularly in situations of risk or adversity
  • discuss resilience
  • outline the role of workers in facilitating the nurturing and protection of children
  • 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 child safety.

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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


Personal safety

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.

If you require any support contact your organisation’s Assistance Program (EAP).

Crisis support in Australia:
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467
Kids Helpline (for young people aged 5 to 25 years): 1800 55 1800


NAPCAN (National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect)
NAPCAN’s strategy is to support and encourage changes in individual and community behaviour to stop child abuse and neglect before it starts.

South Australia Department for Child Protection

The Child and Family Welfare Association of South Australia (CAFWA-SA)
CAFWA-SA is an influential peak body for the not-for-profit organisations providing family support and child protection services for children, young people and families in South Australia – early intervention, family support, family preservation and various out of home care services (foster care and residential care).

Public health

AIHW 2014. A new approach to national child protection data: implementation of the Child Protection National Minimum Data Set. Child welfare series no. 59. Cat. no. CWS 50. Canberra: AIHW.

Protecting Children is Everyone’s Business
National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009–2020.


Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017

Other relevant acts/legislation:

Young Offenders Act 1993

Adoption Act 1988

Family Law Act 1975

Family and Community Services Act 1972

Information sharing guidelines

Links to a number of resources for implementing ISG in the workplace.

Information Sharing Guidelines for promoting safety and wellbeing

ISG Decisions Making Steps and Guide

Early intervention by sharing information – 10 top practice tips

Rights of the child

United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (CROC)

Convention of the Rights of the Child (CROC): Child Friendly Version

Children’s Rights Poster


Victorian Government Child Development and Trauma guide

SA Health Policies

Collaborative Case Management of High Risk Infants In Hospitals Policy Directive

Collaborative Case Management of High Risk Infants in Hospitals Policy Guideline

Child Protection – Mandatory Reporting of Suspicion that a Child or Young Person (0 –under 18 years) is or may be at Risk of Harm Policy Directive

Course structure