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Child Protection Education

Child protection is a sensitive, challenging area for school communities. Because children and young people are relatively powerless in abusive relationships they rely on responsible adults to intervene and to assist them. The New South Wales Department of Education and Training, as an agency responsible for the care and welfare of students in schools, has a charter to protect the young people in its care from sexual, physical and emotional abuse and neglect, and from improper conduct of a sexual nature. It is the role of the Department of School Education to: 

• provide educational programs in schools in child protection 

• protect students in schools from abuse and neglect and to assist in the recognition of suspected child abuse and neglect 

• provide ongoing support to students within the normal duties of school staff. 


Even young children can be taught ways to protect themselves from abuse. They can be ‘enlightened without being frightened'. They can be taught to network with trusted adults and to be aware that there are people and services to help them within their community. In the past, many children and young people have received little or no information about what constitutes abuse or when, how and where abuse occurs. It is important to give students enough information so that, if faced with a situation of potential abuse, they can react quickly and seek protection effectively. It is important that students learn: 

• about feeling safe and their right to be safe 

• to recognise appropriate and inappropriate behaviours 

• that appropriate touching is an important part of positive relationships 

• that they have a right to say NO to a person who touches them inappropriately or threatens their safety • that it is important to tell trusted adults about such situations 

• that they may have to keep on telling people until they are believed 

• that help is available to them within their communities.


Scope and sequence 

Balanced child protection education incorporates teaching and learning in three broad themes:

Theme 1: Recognising Abuse (pdf 171 KB)

Theme 2: Power in relationships (pdf 145 KB)  

Theme 3: Protective strategies (pdf 192 KB)