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Child Safe Standards in Practice

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The Child Safe Standards in Practice training program is designed to demonstrate how the ten Child Safe Standards can practically be implemented, and strategies to do this.  Compliance with the Child Safe Standards requires the organisation to implement the Standards through systems, policies and processes.  The training program includes policies and processes in respect to the Standards.  The program is a highly engaging and thought-provoking experience, demonstrating how abuse could have been prevented through implementation of the standards. Real child abuse situations will be incorporated and brought to life by our professional facilitation and teams acting on video.

The Child Safe Standards training program was fabulous and very thorough.  Good examples of how we, as an organisation, can further establish a child safe environment and embed the Child Safe Standards.

The Green Elephant Early Learning Staff

A unique feature of this training is that we record live acting of leaders and staff re-enacting a child abuse concern in the workplace.  Participants are encouraged to witness and workshop the scenario and discuss how they can prevent abuse through application of the  Child Safe Standards.  This highly popular and interactive aspect of our training allows staff to view and discuss a child abuse concern,  the opportunity to practice what they have learned, and helps workers to be prepared to manage any future child abuse concerns they face in their own workplaces, and prevent abuse.

Designed for:  Managers, supervisors, team leaders, staff and volunteers that work with children and young people

Program length: 2 hours in total

The program may be adapted to your time frame.

During the 2022 staff professional development days, Suzanne Arnold and the Right Approach team delivered their Child Safe Standards course as an interactive webinar. St Columba Anglican School had over 150 staff participants from its Kindergarten to Year 12 staff and the feedback for this compulsory activity was very positive. Staff developed a good grasp of these new concepts and the Right Approach team had excellent knowledge that was made meaningful to staff in the scenarios presented. I would recommend this to anyone wanting more than a ‘tick and flick’ training exercise.

Director, St Columba Anglican School


Topics addressed include:

  • Brief overview of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse;
  • An overview of the 10 Child Safe Standards;
  • Practical application of each Standard;
  • The link between leadership and child-safe culture;
  • The role of leaders in preventing child abuse in the centre/school, and role modelling the right behaviours;
  • Key elements to ensure children’s participation is taken seriously;
  • Children’s participation for different age groups – under 3 years, 3-6 years, and 6+;
  • Key elements of staff recruitment practices that focus on child safety;
  • Recommended training for early learning/school settings;
  • Respond to complaints of child abuse in child-focused ways;
  • Different types of risks to be identified and addressed in centre/school environments.


  • Gain an understanding of the 10 Child Safe Standards;
  • Learn practical strategies and actions to apply the Standards in your early learning/school setting;
  • Gain an understanding of how abuse could have been prevented through implementation of the Standards;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how staff behaviours can impact on the ability of the centre/school to prevent abuse by others;
  • Understand how to build a child-safe culture and the importance of building a childsafe culture to prevent abuse;
  • Understand the 4 key elements to ensure children’s participation is taken seriously;
  • Gain an understanding of children’s participation for different age groups – under 3 years, 3-6 years, and 6 years plus;
  • Understand the importance of engaging various recruitment and selection tools to identify risks and red flags;
  • Understand different types of risk that need to be identified and addressed to prevent and reduce child abuse risk in an early learning/school context;
  • Understand the importance of taking a child-focused mindset when responding to complaints of child abuse.

The program can be delivered in your organisation and adapted to suit your needs.

(Min 10 Participants)

Travel costs may apply outside the Sydney Metropolitan area.

Live Webinar

Minimum 5 Participants

On Demand Webinar

This webinar can be completed at a time and place suitable to each participant.

The Building-Block Approach

Right Approach adopts a building-block approach that exposes participants to a series of workshops to apply child safety and wellbeing, or simply attend a one-off workshop.  Providing a number of different training options enables time and budget flexibility.

Suzanne Arnold of Right Approach has a deep professional commitment to child safety , is very dynamic in her approach, and a leader in her field."

Azmiri Mian, Lecturer, Social Work and Social Planning, Flinders University.