Child Safe Resources

Templates and samples

Child Safe policy sample (docx 716.6KB)
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 208.2KB)
Template of a form to be completed when a complaint or allegation is made as a writable Word doc
Complaints policy template (docx 95KB)
Template of a complaints policy as a writable Word doc
Interview schedule template (docx 199.1KB)
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

Other resources, documents and links referenced in Child Safe eLearning units are listed below.

Introduction | Risk management | Situational prevention | Policies and procedures | Recruitment processes | Organisational culture | Reporting allegations and incidents | The Working With Children Check

Introduction

Child sexual abuse and disclosure: What does the research tell us? (other 0KB)
Child sexual abuse is a global problem. Disclosure of abuse is a key to providing support and appropriate interventions. The challenges to disclosure are great. This paper reviews the current literature about disclosure and child sexual abuse with a focus on key messages for child protection workers and their practice. NSW Department of Family and Community Services
Children’s eSafety Commissioner website with links to where to find support (other 0KB)
If you've been cyberbullied and would like to report it, or feel like having a confidential chat with someone who can really help, this is for you.
eLearning introduction (youtube )
A welcome from representatives of children everywhere!
Justice Peter McClellan: the work of the Royal Commission (youtube )
Justice Peter McClellan: the work of the Royal Commission. More information at http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au
Statistics on sexual assault in Australia, including child sexual assault (other 0KB)
Fact sheet provided by the Victorian CASA Forum, the peak body of the 15 Centres Against Sexual Assault in Victoria
The prevalence of child abuse and neglect (other 0KB)
This resource sheet provides an overview of what is known about the prevalence of different forms of child abuse and neglect for policy-makers and service providers. It provides an overview of Australian studies that have estimated the prevalence of the different forms of child maltreatment (i.e., physical abuse, neglect, emotional maltreatment, exposure to family violence, and sexual abuse). Australian Institute of Family Studies
What we are learning about responding to child sexual abuse (other 0KB)
Despite the reporting obligations across Australia, it is widely accepted that child sexual abuse is significantly under-reported. Chapter 5 of Interim Report Volume 1 of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Risk management

‘Risk of Harm’ training film episode: Restrictive practice episode (youtube )
The restrictive practices 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
Australian Standards Risk Management Strategy (available to purchase) (other 0KB)
This International Standard provides principles and generic guidelines on risk management.
Becoming a child-safe organisation (other 0KB)
More information, documents and templates from the Office of the Children's Guardian.
Grooming and child sexual abuse in institutional contexts (other 0KB)
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 purposes of grooming techniques. Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
Mock news item (other 0KB)
"OCG News" item on consequences of poor recruiting practices
Risk levels explained (other 0KB)
Identifying low, medium and high risks
Risk management television news item (other 0KB)
Personal and organisational consequences of inadequate risk management

Situational prevention

‘OCG News’ Opportunistic offender report (other 0KB)
OCG news video of an opportunistic offender
‘OCG News’ Situational offender report (other 0KB)
OCG news video of a situational offender
‘OCG News’ Situational Prevention report (other 0KB)
View the OCG item on situational prevention and young people
Account of the effects of grooming video (other 0KB)
Video of one person’s response to grooming and sexual abuse
Child Abuse Material (other 0KB)
For the NSW Crimes Act definition of child abuse material, please see the link.
Opportunities, Precipitators and Criminal Decisions: A Reply to Wortley's Critique of Situational Crime Prevention research paper (other 0KB)
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.
Situational Prevention Approaches research paper (other 0KB)
A research paper examining situational conceptions of sexual offending that shows how situational crime prevention concepts and methods may be applied to reduce its prevalence and impact.
Situational Theories research paper (other 0KB)
A research paper exploring the development, current status and implications of theories that emphasise the role of immediate situations in sexual offending.
'Think Global Act Local’: a place based approach to sexual abuse prevention (other 0KB)
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 ...

Policies and procedures

‘OCG News’ Little Platypus report (other 0KB)
OCG news report of children sneaking out of a pre-school
Child Safe Training request form (other 0KB)
Form to request child safe training for your organisation from the OCG
Code of Conduct sample (other 0KB)
Example of how a code of conduct should be formatted
Code of Conduct template (docx 1.6MB)
Code of conduct as a writable Word doc
Information on becoming a Child Safe organisation from the OCG website (other 0KB)
Link to information on the OCG website on how to become a Child Safe Organisation
Information on Child Safe policies from the OCG website (other 0KB)
Link to information on the OCG website on child safe policies
OCG Policies and Procedures written resource (pdf 681.6KB)
A comprehensive support document for the Policies and Procedure eLearning module.

Recruitment processes

‘Risk of Harm’ training film episode: Recruiting Practices episode (youtube )
The recruiting practices episode of the Risk of Harm training video
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)
Recruitment processes (pdf 575.4KB)
A comprehensive support document for the recruitment processes eLearning module.
Recruitment tips (other 0KB)
Tips on child safe recruitment from the OCG website

Organisational culture

Consulting with children and young people (other 0KB)
The NSW Advocate for Children and Young People (ACYP) has comprehensive information on how to consult with children and young people.
Information on the SAFE series (other 0KB)
Link to the SAFE series protective behaviours program from the OCG website
OCG Organisational Culture written resource (pdf 1MB)
A comprehensive support document for the organisational culture eLearning module.
The role of organisational culture in child sexual abuse in institutional contexts (other 0KB)
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.

Reporting allegations and incidents

‘Risk of Harm’ training film episode: Reporting allegations episode (youtube 0KB)
The reporting allegations episode of the Risk of Harm training video
Altering a notification made to the OCG (other 0KB)
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 0KB)
Link to information on how the NSW Ombudsman assesses an investigation
Child and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 (other 0KB)
Child and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 legislation
Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 (other 0KB)
Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 legislation
Child Protection (Working With Children) Regulation 2013 - Reg 24 (other 0KB)
Child Protection (Working With Children) Regulation 2013 - Reg 24 legislation
Complaints (allegations) record form sample (other 0KB)
Sample showing what information needs to be included in a complaints policy
Defining assault (other 0KB)
Link to information on defining assault from the NSW Ombudsman
Fact sheet for mandatory reporters (other 0KB)
Fact sheet for mandatory reporters from FACS
Grooming (NSW Crimes Act 1990) (other 0KB)
Grooming (NSW Crimes Act 1990) legislation
How to make a child protection report (other 0KB)
Information on how to make a child protection report from FACS
Information on Class or Kind agreements (other 0KB)
Link to more information on Class or Kind agreements from the NSW Ombudsman
Information on notifying and identifying reportable conduct (other 0KB)
Link to information on notifying and identifying reportable conduct from the NSW Ombudsman
Information on reporting allegations (other 0KB)
Information on reporting allegations from the OCG website
Information on the SAFE series (other 0KB)
Information on the OCG’s SAFE series protective behaviours program
List of designated agencies (other 0KB)
List of designated agencies from the OCG website
List of registered agencies (other 0KB)
List of registered agencies from the OCG website
Making a finding of reportable conduct (other 0KB)
Link to information on making a finding of reportable conduct from the NSW Ombudsman
Mandatory reporters (other 0KB)
Information on mandatory reporters from FACS
More information on Class or Kind arrangements (other 0KB)
Link to training courses on Class or Kind arrangements from the NSW Ombudsman
More information on reporting obligations (other 0KB)
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 0KB)
Notification form Part A for the NSW Ombudsman
NSW Ombudsman workshops for investigators (other 0KB)
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 0KB)
Information on Identify and Respond to Children at Risk course from NSW TAFE
Office of the Children's Guardian complaints management policy sample (other 0KB)
Example of a complaints management policy from the OCG website
Our Safety Counts: Children and young people’s perceptions of safety and institutional responses (other 0KB)
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 0KB)
Checklist for providing information or responding to a Chapter 16A information request from FACS
Reportable conduct investigations for carers (other 0KB)
Link to information on NSW Ombudsman advice about reportable conduct investigations for carers
Reporting Allegations (pdf 690.1KB)
A comprehensive support document for the reporting allegations eLearning module.
Reporting Flowchart (pdf 1022KB)
View or download a flowchart showing your reporting obligations once an allegation has been made.
Responding to and reporting risk of abuse and neglect (other 0KB)
Guide to responding to and reporting risk of abuse and neglect from FACS
Restrictive practice (other 0KB)
Behaviour support policy from FACS
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.
Risk of Harm Final Cut (youtube )
Child Safe eLearning resource - risk of harm
Royal Commission paper on record keeping practices (other 0KB)
Link to research paper on record keeping practices from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
School principal not following legal protocol (pdf 111.8KB)
News article on a judge's response to a school principal who he felt had not followed legal protocol when questioning a student
Sexual Offences Against Children Act Amendment 2010 (other 0KB)
Sexual Offences Against Children Act Amendment 2010 legislation
Sharing information and prescribed bodies (other 0KB)
Information on sharing information and prescribed bodies from FACS
Sharing under Chapter 16a (other 0KB)
eLearning lesson on sharing information under Chapter 16a from FACS
What is reportable conduct? (other 0KB)
Link to information on what comprises reportable conduct from the NSW Ombudsman

The Working With Children Check

Adoption Act 2000 (other 0KB)
This is a link to the NSW Adoption Act 2000 legislation
Applying, verifying and renewing a Working With Children Check (other 0KB)
Link to information on applying, verifying and renewing a Working With Children Check from the OCG website
Child Protection (Working With Children) Act 2012 (other 0KB)
This is a link to the NSW Child Protection (Working With Children) Regulation 2013 legislation
Child Protection (Working With Children) Regulation 2013 (other 0KB)
This is a link to the NSW Child Protection (Working With Children) Regulation 2013 legislation
Clause 16D (other 0KB)
The Working With Children Check has been expanded to include people in child-related work providing online counselling, mentoring and distance education.
How to verity a Working With Children Check (other 0KB)
Instructional video on how to verify a Working With Children Check from the OCG website
Link to other OCG Working With Children Check resources (other 0KB)
Link to other Working With Children Check resources from the OCG website
List of Exemptions (other 0KB)
A list of exemptions from the Working With Children Check from the OCG website
Working With Children Check (pdf 946.7KB)
A comprehensive support document for the Working With Children Check eLearning module.

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 wellbeing
  • 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 wellbeing 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 wellbeing 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 http://bullyingnoway.gov.au/parents/index.html
In-house services such as Child Wellbeing 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.

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