Protecting Children is Everyone's Business

$44/per user

12 months access

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.

Relevance

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 Child Abuse or Neglect
  • 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.

About this course

Duration

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.

Disclaimer

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.

Compliance

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 Comprehensive Care Standard: Ticked Communication for Safety Standard: Ticked

Resources

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

Organisations

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.

Legislation

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 – PDF version for printing

ISG Decision Making Steps and Guide – Word version for copying to documents

Early intervention by sharing information – 10 top practice tips

Authorisation to disclose information relating to the safety and wellbeing of
vulnerable people
Health Care Act 2008 and Mental Health Act 2009.

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

Guidelines

Child-safe Environments Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Guidelines for mandated notifiers and information for organisations

Victorian Government Child Development and Trauma guide

Further training

Australian Childhood Foundation SMART (Strategies for Managing Abuse Related Trauma) online training
The SMART program is a statewide initiative funded by the South Australian Government Department of Education and Children’s Services, as part of the Keeping Them Safe child protection reform agenda. It seeks to enhance the capacity of school and early childhood personnel to effectively respond to the needs of children and young people who have experienced abuse and trauma.

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