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Child Safe Resources

Welcome to the Chid Safe Resources page.

As well as templates and sample documents you can use in your organisation, you will also find links to other resources from the Office of the Children's Guardian, and from across the web.

Resources from some of our key projects such as Child Safe eLearning, SAFESpace eLearning for the disability sector, and the protective behaviours program - the SAFE book series - are also provided.

Please explore using the links below.

Templates and samples | eLearning resources | SAFESpace eLearning resources | SAFE book series resourcesResources from external sources | Related websites

Templates and samples

Child Safe policy sample (docx )
Example of how a child safe policy should be formatted
Child Safe policy template (docx 709.3KB)
Child Safe policy template as a writable Word document
Child Safe Risk Management Template (docx 368KB)
Identify risks and develop interventions.
Code of conduct template (docx 1.6MB)
Template for creating a code of conduct template for children's employment in NSW
Complaint record form (docx )
Template of a form to be completed when a complaint or allegation is made - writable Word doc
Complaints policy template (docx 710.2KB)
Template of a complaints policy as a writable Word doc
Interview schedule template (docx 170KB)
A template with suggested interview questions and space to write answers as a writable Word doc.
Referee schedule template (docx 1.6MB)
A template with suggested referee questions and space to write answers as a writable Word doc.
Risk Management Checklist (docx 373.8KB)
This checklist has been developed to assist organisations to consider any gaps in their child safe risk management strategies.
Role description template (docx 1.6MB)
A template to create a position description as a writable Word doc.
Working With Children Check - checklist (docx 185.2KB)
A checklist that will assist your organisation to identify and meet its Working With Children Check obligations.
Working With Children Check record keeping template (docx 105.8KB)
Working With Children Check record keeping template as a writable Word doc

Child Safe eLearning resources

Account of the effects of grooming video (other )
Video of one person’s response to grooming and sexual abuse
Becoming a child-safe organisation (other )
More information, documents and templates from the Office of the Children's Guardian.
List of designated agencies (other )
List of designated agencies from the Office of the Children's Guardian website. These agencies provide statutory out-of-home care services in NSW
List of registered agencies (other )
List of agencies from the Office of the Children's Guardian website. These agencies provide voluntary out-of-home care services in NSW
Reporting Flowchart (pdf 1022KB)
View or download a flowchart showing your reporting obligations once an allegation has been made.
Risk levels explained (other )
Identifying low, medium and high risks
Risk management television news item (other )
Personal and organisational consequences of inadequate risk management

SAFESpace eLearning resources

‘Risk of Harm’ training film episode: Reporting allegations episode (other )
The reporting allegations episode of the Risk of Harm training video
Risk of Harm - training film episode: Risk management episode (youtube )
The risk management episode of the Risk of Harm training video
Risk of Harm - training film episode: Restrictive practice episode (youtube )
The restrictive practices episode of the Risk of Harm training video
Risk of Harm discussion points (docx 1.8MB)
A comprehensive analysis of the Risk of Harm videos with questions, answers, discussion points and further information useful for both individual users and training facilitators.

SAFE book series resources

Becoming a Hero (pdf 455.6KB)
Information about the responsibilities of being a hero, as part of the SAFE series protective behaviours program.
The SAFE series: Information for parents (pdf 217.4KB)
By learning more about the SAFE series you can reinforce its protective messages at home. The books have four main themes: safe spaces, the undies rule, recognising your feelings and finding five peop ...

Posters

Andy: SAFE champion - poster (pdf 4.4MB)
Andy and the UNDIES rule. Undies cover your private parts. Your private parts are private. SAFE series poster
Eve: SAFE champion - poster (pdf 6.6MB)
When Eve is upset, or sad, she shares her feelings and it makes her feel safe and happy. SAFE series poster
Fiona: SAFE champion - poster (pdf 10MB)
Fiona has her trusted five heroes that always listen and keep her safe. SAFE series poster
Sam: SAFE champion - poster (pdf 4.4MB)
Sam loves to explore with his mates but always in safe places. SAFE series poster

Colouring in sheets

ANDY Colouring in sheet (pdf 5.5MB)
ANDY Colouring in sheet
ANDY The UNDIES rule (pdf 6.2MB)
ANDY The UNDIES rule
ANDY with other SAFE characters thinking about their heroes colouring in sheet (pdf 7.7MB)
ANDY with other SAFE characters thinking about their heroes colouring in sheet
EVE ‘Eve wants to know how do you feel today’ activity sheet (pdf 4.8MB)
EVE ‘Eve wants to know how do you feel today’ activity sheet
EVE ‘If Eve is upset or sad’ colouring in sheet (pdf 6.9MB)
EVE ‘If Eve is upset or sad’ colouring in sheet
EVE Colouring in sheet (pdf 5.3MB)
EVE Colouring in sheet
EVE Match up the feelings with Eve (pdf 194.9KB)
EVE Match up the feelings with Eve
FIONA ‘Fiona wants to know who your heroes are’ colouring in sheet (pdf 5.8MB)
FIONA ‘Fiona wants to know who your heroes are’ colouring in sheet
FIONA Colouring in sheet (pdf 5.4MB)
FIONA Colouring in sheet
FIONA My five heroes help keep me safe (pdf 1.3MB)
My five heroes help keep me safe activity sheet
FIONA Playing with Sam colouring in sheet (pdf 6.7MB)
FIONA Playing with Sam colouring in sheet
SAM ‘Sam wants to know where you feel safe’ activity sheet (pdf 5.2MB)
SAM ‘Sam wants to know where you feel safe’ activity sheet
SAM Colouring in sheet (pdf 5.2MB)
SAM Colouring in sheet
SAM Playing at the park with Andy, Fiona and Eve colouring sheet (pdf 8.5MB)
SAM Playing at the park with Andy, Fiona and Eve colouring sheet

Resources from external sources

‘Risk of Harm’ training film episode: Recruiting Practices episode (youtube )
The recruiting practices episode of the Risk of Harm training video
Adoption Act 2000 (other )
This is a link to the NSW Adoption Act 2000 legislation
Altering a notification made to the Children's Guardian (other )
Child Protection (Working With Children) Regulation 2013 with information on when a reporting body may have to alter a notification made to the Children's Guardian
Assessing an investigation (other )
Link to information on how the NSW Ombudsman assesses an investigation
Australian Standards Risk Management Strategy (available to purchase) (other )
This International Standard provides principles and generic guidelines on risk management.
Child abuse material (other )
Link to NSW Crimes Act definition of child abuse material - 91FB Child abuse material—meaning
Child and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 (other )
Child and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 - legislation
Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 (other )
Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 legislation
Child Protection (Working With Children) Act 2012 (other )
This is a link to the NSW Child Protection (Working With Children) Regulation 2013 legislation
Child Protection (Working With Children) Regulation 2013 (other )
This is a link to the NSW Child Protection (Working With Children) Regulation 2013 legislation
Child Protection (Working With Children) Regulation 2013 - Reg 24 (other )
Child Protection (Working With Children) Regulation 2013 - Reg 24 legislation
Consulting with children and young people (other )
The NSW Advocate for Children and Young People (ACYP) has comprehensive information on how to consult with children and young people.
Defining assault (other )
Link to information on defining assault from the NSW Ombudsman
Fact sheet for mandatory reporters (other )
Fact sheet for mandatory reporters from FACS
Grooming (NSW Crimes Act 1990) (other )
Grooming (NSW Crimes Act 1990) legislation
Grooming and child sexual abuse in institutional contexts (other )
Recent efforts to clarify definitions of grooming in research reflect an increased awareness of the diverse range of settings in which grooming may occur, as well as the diverse range of targets and p ...
Harvard Business Review analysis of the cost of hiring the wrong worker (pdf 287.7KB)
A report on the costs of hiring the ‘wrong’ worker from the Harvard Business Review (article sourced from https://hbr.org/2015/12/its-better-to-avoid-a-toxic-employee-than-hire-a-superstar)
How to make a child protection report (other )
Information on how to make a child protection report from FACS
Information on Class or Kind agreements (other )
Link to more information on Class or Kind agreements from the NSW Ombudsman
Information on notifying and identifying reportable conduct (other )
Link to information on notifying and identifying reportable conduct from the NSW Ombudsman
Making a finding of reportable conduct (other )
Link to information on making a finding of reportable conduct from the NSW Ombudsman
Mandatory reporters (other )
Information on mandatory reporters from FACS
More information on reporting obligations (other )
Link to more information on reporting obligations from the NSW Ombudsman, including a list of designated agencies and other public authorities
Notification form Part A (other )
Notification form Part A for the NSW Ombudsman
NSW Ombudsman workshops for investigators (other )
Link to NSW Ombudsman page on workshops for investigators, heads of agencies, managers and supervisors who undertake and review investigations of allegations that may involve a crime
NSW TAFE Identify and Respond to Children at Risk course (other )
Information on Identify and Respond to Children at Risk course from NSW TAFE
Opportunities, Precipitators and Criminal Decisions: A Reply to Wortley's Critique of Situational Crime Prevention research paper (other )
A research paper exploring the assumptions underlying the development of situational crime prevention which concludes with 25 techniques to address some of the concerns it raises.
Our Safety Counts: Children and young people’s perceptions of safety and institutional responses (other )
Link to research paper ‘Our Safety Counts: Children and young people’s perceptions of safety and institutional responses to their safety concerns from the Institute of Child Protection Studies'
Providing information or responding to a Chapter 16A information request (other )
Checklist for providing information or responding to a Chapter 16A information request from FACS
Reportable conduct investigations for carers (other )
Link to information on NSW Ombudsman advice about reportable conduct investigations for carers
Responding to and reporting risk of abuse and neglect (other )
Guide to responding to and reporting risk of abuse and neglect from FACS
Restrictive practice (other )
Behaviour support policy from FACS
Risk of Harm Final Cut (youtube )
Child Safe eLearning resource - risk of harm
Royal Commission paper on record keeping practices (other )
Link to research paper on record keeping practices from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
Sexual Offences Against Children Act Amendment 2010 (other )
Sexual Offences Against Children Act Amendment 2010 legislation
Sharing information and prescribed bodies (other )
Information on sharing information and prescribed bodies from FACS
Sharing under Chapter 16a (other )
eLearning lesson on sharing information under Chapter 16a from FACS
The role of organisational culture in child sexual abuse in institutional contexts (other )
Research paper on the role of organisational culture in child sexual abuse in institutional contexts from the Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
'Think Global Act Local’: a place-based approach to sexual abuse prevention (other )
Research paper which promotes a nuanced approach to prevention which has the potential to transfer to a range of locations and contexts globally, facilitating a more efficient response to sexual abus ...
What is reportable conduct? (other )
Link to information on what comprises reportable conduct from the NSW Ombudsman

Related websites

The NSW Office of Sport has tools and resources for people who manage sport for children in NSW. They also provide face-to-face child safe training designed specifically for a sporting context. To register go to: https://sport.nsw.gov.au/childsafety/training

Play By The Rules is a national program that provides useful information, training and guidance on child safe sport. It has resources for club administrators, officials, coaches, players and spectators to keep children’s sport safe, fair and inclusive. Resources include policy templates, eLearning, posters and toolkits for a variety of sport-related roles. http://www.playbytherules.net.au/

Childsafe is a charity that serves organisations working with children and young people, with the goal of improving child safety. To access resources and support go to http://www.childsafe.org.au/

Kidsafe is a charity dedicated to preventing childhood injuries and reducing death and disabilities associated with accidents in children under the age of 15. https://kidsafe.com.au/

Headspace provides tailored and holistic mental health support to 12 - 25 year olds with a focus on early intervention. It provides counselling, education and employment services and alcohol and other substance advice. Find out more at http://www.headspace.org.au/

The Kids Helpline is a confidential telephone counselling service for children and young people. You can call 1800 55 1800 24/7.

Lifeline provides access to crisis support, suicide prevention and mental health support services. You can call Lifeline’s confidential 24 hour crisis support service on 13 11 14 to talk about:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Loneliness
  • Abuse and trauma
  • Physical or mental well being
  • Suicidal thoughts or attempts
  • Stresses from work, family or society

You can call the Family and Community Services Helpline to report suspected abuse or neglect of children or young people on 132 111 or TTY 1800 212 936 (for the hearing impaired). The Child Protection Helpline operates 24/7. All reports are treated confidentially and you can remain anonymous if you wish. https://www.facs.nsw.gov.au/families/Protecting-kids/reporting-child-at-risk

Youth Health Services in NSW provide multidisciplinary, primary healthcare to young people. Focusing on engaging disadvantaged young people, they deliver flexible and unique services to young people in relaxed and comfortable youth-friendly environments. https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/kidsfamilies/youth/Pages/health-services-yp.aspx

Child and Adolescent Sexual Assault Counselling (CASA) is available to children and adolescents aged 2-19 who have been impacted by sexual abuse and/or assault. Find out more at http://www.familyservices.bc.ca/programs-a-services/full-service-listing/21-child-and-adolescent-sexual-abuse-counselling-services

Keep Them Safe: A shared approach to child well being is the NSW Government's plan to re-shape the way family and community services are delivered in NSW. Keep Them Safe includes actions to enhance the universal service system, improve prevention and early intervention services, better protect children at risk, support Aboriginal children and families, and strengthen partnerships with non-government organisations in the delivery of community services. http://www.keepthemsafe.nsw.gov.au/home

Sexual Assault Services: The NSW Government has services for people who have been assaulted or who need advice or support. You can find a service close to you at: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/parvan/sexualassault/Pages/health-sas-services.aspx

Identify and Respond to Young People and Children at Risk is a workshop that provides you with the opportunity to update your legislative knowledge and to explore some of the complex issues surrounding the recognition of, and response to abuse, neglect and risk of harm. You can find out how to attend a session by going to http://www.acwa.asn.au/about/contact/in-house-services/

The National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) promotes quality child abuse prevention research and supports the safety and well being of children and young people It also coordinates National Child Protection Week. You can find out more here: https://www.napcan.org.au/about-us/

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner provides online safety resources for schools, parents and communities. It has an information page on individual apps, games and social networking sites your children might access and may need protection from. Find out more here: https://www.esafety.gov.au/education-resources

Bullying no way provides information for parents and carers about bullying, harassment, discrimination and violence in schools. If you want to talk to someone contact the NSW Parentline on 1300 1300 52 24/7 or go to https://bullyingnoway.gov.au/RespondingToBullying/Parents
In-house services such as Child Well being Units may be available in your workplace, club or religious organisation. They will provide general information and support as well as information that is specific to your organisation.

Disclaimer: This information may be subject to change. Other resources are available. If you think a child is in immediate risk of harm and abuse, you should call the NSW Child Protection Helpline 132 111 or NSW Police 131 444.