Be aware and know what to do

As mandatory reporters, we have an important responsibility

Your role as an Early Childhood educator has a responsibility to identify and respond to children who may be at risk of harm. This course supports you to understand your responsibility; with how to identify signs of possible harm or abuse, and how to respond.
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Child-focused care to protect

When we provide child-focused care, we are attuned to subtle changes in each child. The effects of childhood trauma are long-lasting, Without child-focused care and awareness, we can overlook signs that a child is at risk of harm. Gain knowledge and skills to meet your responsibility to protect children's safety and wellbeing.

  • Use scenarios to consider the 4 types of abuse, indicators of harm, and how to respond to disclosure.

  • Take action to reduce the effects of child abuse, Learn how to document indicators of harm, and the steps to take to report suspicion of abuse.

  • Investigate responsibilities of educators and the service to meet compliance requirements, including how to be a child safe organisation, and writing a Statement of Commitment.

Revisit your professional learning

with access to course resources for 6 months

  • Course workbook

    Download and print your workbook, filled with thought-provoking prompts to invite reflection and professional conversations. Read the case study scenarios and related questions to deepen your understanding. Use these to consider the course of action you would take if faced with each scenario.

  • 3 Video tutorials and learning checks

    A video tutorial covers key content in each of the three sections of the course. Work at your own pace and make notes in your workbook as you work through the video tutorials. Complete the learning checks at the end of each section to check your understanding as you work through the course.

  • Resources and videos

    Use our supporting resources and videos to strengthen your understanding of the course content. Including a clear introduction and explanation of the Child Protection Act, and an explanation of how childhood trauma has long-lasting effects across a life-time.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Welcome to Identify and respond to children at risk
    • Acknowledgement of sensitive unit content and contacts for support
    • Meet Justine, your course facilitator
    • Video: About First Door and why we do, what we do (2 minutes)
    • An intro to using online courses with First Door
    • Online course AGREEMENT OF USE
    • Before you begin - SHORT SURVEY
  • 2
    Course Workbook and Child Protection Resources
    • Children at risk - Course Workbook (printable)
    • Case Study Scenarios - what would you do?
    • CFCA Mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect
    • CFCA Reporting child abuse and neglect
    • QLD Child Protection Guide - as a decision-support tool
    • QLD Poster: are you concerned about a child's safety and wellbeing?
    • Protecting children and supporting families: A guide to reporting child protection concerns
  • 3
    PART 1: Ensuring child-focused practice to protect children from harm
    • PART 1 TUTORIAL: Child focused practice to protect children from harm
    • Australian Child Protection Legislation & Agencies: all states and territories
    • AHRC Children's Rights Poster - You have the right to: (simple version)
    • The Rights of a Child poster by NAPCAN
    • Part 1 Learning Check
  • 4
    PART 2: Identifying and reporting potential risk of harm
    • PART 2 TUTORIAL: Identifying and reporting harm potential harm
    • Different Types of Abuse
    • Video: The life-long effects of trauma
    • Potential long-term effects of abuse
    • Part 2 Learning Check
  • 5
    PART 3: Be a ‘child safe organisation’
    • PART 3: Be a child safe organisation
    • Poster: National principles for child-safe organisations
    • Being a Child Safe Organisation
    • Sharing your Statement of Commitment
    • How to write a Statement of Commitment
    • Part 3 Learning Check
  • 6
    Next steps
    • Here's where next...
    • Before you go...
    • Preview video: Behaviour Rethink for Educators

Course reviews

What educators say about this course

  • "This course is eye opening for me." | Helenore Clark

  • "As Educators we need to be informed to recognise child abuse and this course provides the information necessary to do that." | Lynda Mayers

  • "Very informative and easy to follow professional development course about identifying and responding to children at risk." | Prudence Watkinson

  • "Excellent elearning unit. A lot of information to help in identifying children at risk." | Nicole Farina

  • "Once again First Door continues to be an exceptional training company that inspires Teachers to refine their knowledge and skills to ensure optimal wellbeing of the children within their care." | Rachel Petrie

Course Facilitator

  • Justine Turvey

    Course facilitator

    Justine Turvey

    Justine, qualified with a Bachelor of Business, Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, and now studying her Bachelor of Education brings an extensive array of skills and experience to First Door. Her experience includes over 13 years of working in Early Childhood Education, including centre leadership and professional learning facilitation. Justine has a passion to for high quality, child-focused early childhood education, and strives to inspire others to share her passion.

Be aware. Be confident.

Know what to do. Our actions impact their future. We can not let them down.

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