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Child Protection Training Package

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									Child Protection Training Package

           Module 1

  Child Protection overview


                               1
         Child protection
• Complex and sensitive issues
• Society has increased expectations
• Increased awareness of range of abuse and
  risk situations
• 1998 - significant reform of Child Protection
  legislation
• Initial focus on sexual abuse expanded to
  include physical abuse, psychological abuse,
  neglect & domestic violence

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    Child Protection is a shared
           responsibility

• Parents
• Professionals in child-related
  organisations
• Wider community




                                   3
     Our mission ….


“Our system of schools in the Diocese of
       Parramatta seeks to be ……
         inviting,
         inclusive and
         just …”
                              Vision Statement


                                             4
      How do we make schools
              safe?
   Counselling         Supervision/   Adhere to     Good
   support             duty of care   gospel        classroom
                                      values        practice


Professional &                                      Good
personal skills
                           Inviting,                student
                                                    management
Building                inclusive and
positive                                               OHS
                             just
relationships
                                                    Skilled and
                                                    responsive
                                                    leadership
Custom            Child         School policies
and               protection    e.g. Student        Ongoing
practice          legislative   management          professional
                  reform        bullying policy     development
                  package       Harassment policy                  5
                                Pastoral care
Schools as safe (inviting, inclusive
         and just) places

• Discussion - focus questions
    - what about our school makes it safe,
    inviting, inclusive, just?
    - what are our strengths?
    - what might we do better?



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Prevention of child abuse
      recognises:

      • Risk factors
      • Protective factors
      • Schools as safe places



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  Risk factors in the school
           context
• Research identifies several factors in
  the school that may increase the risk
  of child abuse:
  - bullying
  - peer rejection
  - poor attachment to school
  - inadequate behaviour management
  - deviant peer group
  - school failure
                                       8
Protective factors in the school
            context
• Schools can prevent abuse by developing:
  - positive school climate
  - pro-social peer group
  - responsibility and required helpfulness
  - sense of belonging/bonding
  - opportunities for success/recognition of
     achievement
  - school norms concerning violence
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Schools as safe places ….
 With appropriate -
 • polices
 • practices
 • site & facilities
 our schools can be protective, positive
   and safe places where children sense
   they belong and can succeed
                                       10
Child Protection in our schools
• All adults involved in our schools have a
  responsibility to
   - care for
   - protect, and
   - promote the safety, welfare and well-being
     of students



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3 levels of prevention of child
             abuse
 Abuse prevention strategies can be
  allocated to 3 levels (categories)
  depending on purpose/focus –

 • Primary
 • Secondary
 • Tertiary

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 Primary level of prevention of
          child abuse
Targets whole community aiming to stop
 abuse before it occurs –
• School curriculum, e.g., PD/H/PE
• School policy and procedures, e.g., bullying,
  pastoral care, classroom management
• Involvement of community, e.g., participation
  in church or other community groups, access
  to support services
                                              13
 Secondary level of prevention
       of child abuse
Seeks to identify and intervene in
 situations where children are at high risk
 of abuse –
• Programs for children and young people who
  are at risk, e.g. peer support, Rainbows,
  counselling, management plan for student
  with challenging behaviour or special needs

                                                14
 Tertiary level of prevention of
           child abuse

Targets families, groups and individuals
 where abuse has occurred and
 attempts to stop it recurring

• Child Protection legislation
• Community services
• Interagency support

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    NSW Child Protection legislative
          reform package
The Acts                         What are the Acts about?
• Children and Young Persons     • Reporting to DoCS children at
  (Care and Protection) Act        risk of harm
  1998
• Child Protection (Prohibited   • Prohibited Employment
  Employment) Act 1998             Declaration
• Commission for Children and    • Employment Screening
  Young People Act 1998
• Ombudsman Act 1974             • Investigation allegations
                                   against employees
• Child Protection (Offenders    • ‘registered persons’ not to work
  Registration) Act 2000           in child-related employment



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 Key agencies involved in Child
       Protection in NSW
• DoCS (NSW Department of Community Services)
• CCYP (Commission for Children and Young
  People)
• NSW Ombudsman
• CCER (Catholic Commission for Employment
  Relations)
• Child-related organisations (e.g. schools)

                                                17
• Ongoing Child Protection training is
  important so schools are safe places
  for:
    -    children and young people, and
    -    employees




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This Child Protection training
         package ….
• is one means of practical support for
  persons working with children and
  young people
• comprises a number of modules
  covering a range of Child Protection
  issues


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• Each module has material sufficient for a 30 –
  45 minute session

•    Module 1- Child Protection
     overview is essential information
     for all new employees and volunteers

• Schools may choose the most appropriate
  modules to suit local needs and circumstances


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         Child Protection Training
             Package modules
1.    Child Protection overview
2.    Allegations involving employees
3.    Scenarios about allegations against employees
4.    Risk management – potential risky situations in schools
5.    Risk management – managing challenging behaviour situations
6.    Risk management – offsite activities
7.    Risk management – site and facilities
8.    Child Protection Curriculum perspectives
9.    Reporting risk of harm to DoCS
10.   Prohibited Employment Declarations
11.   Employment Screening (currently being updated)
12.   Child Protection briefing for volunteers
13.   Protective Practices for School Staff in their relationships with
      students

								
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