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Safeguarding and Child Protection for Primary and Intermediate Schools (EL006)

This course will help you understand child abuse and neglect, the impact on tamariki (children) and how you can help. This course is suitable for anyone working with tamariki in the primary and intermediate sector, either as a teacher, teacher's aide, parent/whānau helper or administrator.

If possible have your child protection policy and procedures on hand while you are completing this course.

What will I learn?
• Gain an understanding of why safeguarding and child protection is needed.
• Understand the steps you and your organisation can take to prevent abuse using relevant legislation, strategies and framework.
• Know your responsibilities to safeguard, protect and support the wellbeing of tamariki.
• Understand the importance of an organisational commitment to a safeguarding culture.
• Outline why child protection policies are important.
• Recognise the signs, symptoms, behaviours and indicators of child abuse and neglect.
• Explain how to respond and report appropriately to concerns.

Who is this course for?
• Teachers
• Teacher Aides
• Principals & Deputy Principals
• Deans
• Heads of Departments
• Pastoral Care staff including Learning Support Co-ordinators and Counsellors
• Caretakers
• Syndicate Leaders
• Office Staff
• Volunteers


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.

Duration: 2.5 hours

  • Course Introduction
  • Course information
  • Nau mai haere mai
  • Protecting Tamariki from Abuse and Neglect
  • Why we must protect tamariki
  • Legislation, strategies and frameworks
  • A Safeguarding Culture in your school
  • Child Protection Policies and Procedures
  • Safeguarding and Child Protection Lead (SCPL)
  • Quiz 1
  • Recognise
  • Recognise vulnerability and child abuse
  • What is child abuse?
  • Neglect
  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Online - Technology facilitating abuse
  • Family violence
  • Quiz 2
  • Respond
  • Responding
  • Information sharing
  • Working with whānau in a culturally responsive way
  • Disclosures
  • Quiz 3
  • Report
  • Reporting to Oranga Tamariki, Police and Teaching Council
  • Informing whānau
  • Record
  • Record keeping
  • Quiz 4
  • Conclusion
  • Conclusion
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: 2 years