NESA Introduction to Child Protection for Educators (K-6) Online


Bravehearts is Australia’s leading child protection advocate with strong experience established over 20 years of practice in education, therapeutic services, policy, lobbying, research and training. Recent events such as the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse have highlighted the critical importance of a teacher’s understanding their Duty of Care to students. While mandatory reporting is arguably a well-established practice for educators, the necessary knowledge and skills to provide early intervention for children and young people at risk are fast becoming a new area of focus for education professionals.

This suite of five online modules explores key concepts related to child protection including managing trauma in the classroom, responding to disclosures and reporting concerns, teaching personal safety, recognising and responding to grooming and understanding problematic and harmful sexual behaviour in younger children and harmful sexual behaviour in adolescents. This suite of modules has a specific focus on children in Kindergarten to Year 6. A complementing version for teachers of years 7 to 12 is also available. The online modules are self-paced and participants can return to the course at any time within a twelve month period. The interactive content is engaging and enables teachers to test their knowledge as they progress through each of the courses. Printable resources are also a valuable addition for teachers to refer back to over time. 

After completing this online course, teachers will be able to:

  • Identify when children may be experiencing, or at risk of experiencing harm
  • Understand the impact of trauma on development
  • Understand how trauma is expressed behaviourally and emotionally within a school setting
  • Respond appropriately to support children displaying trauma symptoms
  • Identify factors affecting a child’s recovery after they have experienced trauma
  • Identify appropriate sexual behaviour in children up to 12 years of age
  • Define and give examples of problematic and harmful sexual behaviour
  • Identify factors that place children at risk of sexual behaviour problems
  • Understand the function of sexual behaviour problems
  • Identify ways in which they can assist professionals who are supporting children displaying sexual behaviour problems
  • Understand the importance of safety planning for children displaying  sexual behaviour problems
  • Identify important personal safety messages for children
  • Explain the importance of teaching personal safety to children and young people as a prevention strategy
  • Define and give examples of direct and online grooming
  • Identify factors which make children vulnerable to grooming
  • Define and give examples of direct and indirect disclosures of abuse
  • Understand how they can create opportunities to disclose abuse
  • Understand the motivations and barriers for children disclosing
  • Respond safely and effectively to disclosures of abuse
  • Understand their mandatory reporting requirement.
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