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
Level 2 courses, for clinical staff and their managers
By the end of the course you will be able to:
The course will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.
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.
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
NAPCAN’s strategy is to support and encourage changes in individual and community behaviour to stop child abuse and neglect before it starts.
The Child and Family Welfare Association of
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).
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.
Children is Everyone’s Business
National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009–2020.
Links to a number of resources for implementing ISG in the workplace.
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.
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.