FAITH & LEARNING
Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum
Catholic Education WA schools are Christ-centred and child-focused learning communities that support each child to develop to their full God-given potential. Key to this is ensuring learning environments are engaging, supportive and safe. All members of our school community share the responsibility for creating and maintaining this important culture. By working together, we can ensure all children flourish in a safe and healthy environment.
Recognising that each child has the right to be heard is an important element in the CEWA Child Safe framework. At St Vincent’s we teach children they have the right to be safe and we empower them with the language, skills and strategies to assist in their safety by knowing to talk to people that they trust. It is a requirement that all children receive a protective behaviours and sexual abuse prevention education (10.6 Registration Standards for Non-Government Schools).
At St Vincent’s School we implement the Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum (KS:CPC), an evidence-based child safety curriculum designed to teach children to recognise abuse, tell a trusted adult, understand what is appropriate and inappropriate touching and ways of keeping themselves safe. The KS:CPC fits primarily within the Health and Physical Education learning area of the Australian Curriculum but is also taught within other learning areas.
All classes at St Vincent’s engage in the Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum (KS:CPC) program. KS:CPC is a world class, evidence-based child safety curriculum that teaches children and young people to recognise abuse, tell a trusted adult, understand what is appropriate and inappropriate touching and ways of keeping themselves safe.
The KS:CPC is delivered to students by our educators that have completed a comprehensive training course. The KS:CPC has gained an excellent reputation due to its depth of content, breadth of learning, contemporary nature, and requirements for explicit training.
The KS:CPC helps children and young people:
- understand what is appropriate and inappropriate touching
- understand ways to keep themselves safe.
- recognise abuse and tell a trusted adult
The curriculum is based on two main themes:
- We all have the right to be safe.
- We can help ourselves to be safe by talking to people we trust.
The themes are presented through four Focus Areas:
- The right to be safe
- Recognising and reporting
- Protective strategies