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Child Protection for Local Government Children's Workers (EL002)

This course is for Local Government Children's Workers. Through this course you will learn what you can do to help create a child safe organisation and gain the knowledge and skills to identify, respond and report child abuse and neglect. Play your part in making a difference for our children and young people.

What will I learn?
• Understand why protecting children and young people from abuse and neglect is important.
• Be able to recognise signs of potential abuse and neglect.
• How to report your concerns, and to whom, and how to document them.
• To be confident to follow the ‘Four R’s’ approach: recognise, respond, report and record.

Who is this course for?
There are two types of children’s worker – ‘core’ or ‘non-core’. A core worker may be someone who is the only person present with children or young people, or a person who has primary authority, or responsibility, for children and young people including (but not limited to):

• Customer service representative
• Parks maintenance
• Library staff
• Community centre advocate
• Lifeguards and swim coach


Group training and content warning
It is not recommended to complete this eLearning in a group environment as some course content may be triggering for individuals who may have experienced childhood trauma. We recommend wearing headphones. To ensure your wellbeing, trigger warnings are given throughout our course with support guidance provided.

What do our learners say?

  • "The course was easy to follow, used multiple forms of media and was targeted at the right level. It kept my interest all the way. It's great being able to resume the course from where you have left off too."

  • "I liked the way we were not under time pressure and could complete the sections when we had available time. I thought the topics were handled sensitively and that we were given good tools to cope with difficult situations if they should ever arise."

  • "This should be mandatory for all government workers, regardless of area of work; it's so necessary for us to be aware of our expectations and the legalities surrounding child wellbeing!"

  • "I see this course as an absolute 'must' for anybody that works with or alongside children and collegues who work with children."

Duration: 2.5-3.5 hours

  • Course introduction
  • Course information
  • Nau mai haere mai
  • Protecting children from abuse and neglect
  • Why we must protect tamariki
  • Legislation and framework
  • A Safeguarding Culture in your organisation
  • You are in a position of trust
  • Child Protection Policies and Procedures
  • Safe recruitment
  • Code of conduct
  • Safeguarding and Child Protection Lead (SCPL)
  • Quiz 1
  • Recognising
  • Vulnerability
  • What is child abuse?
  • Neglect
  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Online – Technology facilitating abuse
  • Family violence
  • Quiz 2
  • Responding
  • Challenges we may face
  • What helps us to protect children?
  • Disclosures
  • Information sharing
  • Quiz 3
  • Reporting
  • Reporting to Oranga Tamariki, Police or a Registration Board
  • Informing parents and carers
  • Concerns about someone you work with
  • Recording
  • Record keeping
  • Renotify, reflect and review
  • Quiz 4
  • Conclusion
  • Conclusion
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: 2 years