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Child protection curriculum – information for educators

Educator responsibilities

The Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum (KS:CPC) is mandated in all DECD sites for children and young people from age 3 to year 12.

It’s a requirement under the child protection in schools, early childhood education and care services policy that: 

  • all children and young people in DECD preschools and schools will access approved child protection curriculum each year
  • the approved child protection curriculum will be taught by staff who have received training in its use.

The Executive Director, Learning Improvement, has advised all DECD sites of their obligations around implementation and training (staff login required).

Staff must complete the full day training course before delivering the KS:CPC to children and young people.

Training

DECD site leaders can access staff training data on the HR management information system  (staff login required).

The KS:CPC training data and HRS help sheet (PDF 346KB) has more instructions. Staff can check their training status on the employee information kiosk (EIK) (staff login required) or by contacting DECD.CPC [at] sa.gov.au.

Full day training

SHINE SA are the DECD approved training provider for the KS:CPC.  Training information, costs and dates can be found at SHINE SA  or by calling 8300 5317.

Update training

Staff who have completed the full day face-to-face training before 2013 must do the online update course (staff login required).

For more information see the KS:CPC portal frequently asked questions (PDF 276KB).

Documents and resources

The documents and resources are available online on the KS:CPC portal (staff login required) in the KS:CPC resources tab as downloadable PDFs or as hard copies to buy. Staff must complete the KS:CPC full day face-to-face training before they can access the documents.

  • Early years: ages 3–5
  • Early years: years R–2
  • Primary years: years 3–5
  • Middle years: years 6–9
  • Senior years: years 10–12
  • Support materials: culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Support materials: disability and additional needs
  • Support materials: Aboriginal children and young people (coming soon).

Implementation

Preschool

The KS:CPC concepts and activities can be integrated throughout the Early Years Learning Framework outcomes. The EYLF mapping tool (staff login required) outlines ways to integrate the KS:CPC in early years learning.

School

The KS:CPC fits primarily within the Health and Physical Education (HPE) learning area of the Australian Curriculum, but can also be incorporated across other learning areas. 

The curriculum mapping tools (staff login required) provide connections between the KS:CPC activities and multiple learning areas of the Australian Curriculum for years R-10.

For students in the senior years, the mapping tools also provide connections with some SACE subjects.

Relationships and sexual health

These activities can be embedded across the KS:CPC.  The following documents identify connections between the SHINE SA Relationships and sexual health curriculum and the KS:CPC: 

Whole site planning

The whole site implementation guide (staff login required) provides step-by-step tips including a site implementation rubric and sample planning guides (staff login required).

Communicating with parents and carers    

Although parent or carer permission is not required under the South Australia Education Act 1972, sites should keep parents or carers informed and encourage them to  ask for more information if they need it. 

A range of parent communication resources is available for staff to use on the KS:CPC portal (staff login required).

Other organisations

The Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum is used in some other sectors and schools nationally and internationally. DECD retains the intellectual property of the KS:CPC to make sure the curriculum stays up-to-date and maintains its high profile and integrity. For more information about licence agreements and accessing the KS:CPC, email decd.cpc [at] sa.gov.au.
 

Contact

Learner wellbeing

Phone: 8463 5921
Email: DECD.CPC [at] sa.gov.au