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Training & Professional Development

Child safety training and child safety professional development for boards, management, staff and volunteers

Child Safety Training & Professional Development

Safeguarding Services is committed to providing bespoke specialist child safety training and child safety professional development to organisations and their people that come into contact with children and young people so that personnel have a clear understanding of their role in and responsibility for protecting the safety and wellbeing of all. We also specialise in providing safeguarding training to those who support people at risk (vulnerable people). 

We offer the following support to not for profit organisations, faith based organisations, schools, out of home care providers, sporting clubs, councils, government departments, businesses and other organisations that engage with children, young and at risk people:

Child Safe Standards Professional Development

Under the Victorian Child Safe Standards, organisations must provide specific training and support to their staff and volunteers to ensure child safety and empowerment, as well as respect for children’s rights. Here are the key aspects of this training:

  1. Awareness of Child Abuse Signs: Staff and volunteers need to recognise the signs of child abuse and harm and understand how to respond appropriately.
  2. Empowerment and Participation: Employees should learn about children’s rights and how to have empowering interactions with them. This includes:
    • Facilitating children’s participation.
    • Valuing and empowering children through daily activities, such as actively listening and responding to them.
    • Creating opportunities for positive interactions between adults and children, like asking for children’s opinions.
    • Developing empowerment goals and involving children in designing, implementing, and evaluating organisational practices.
    • Applying a child-rights approach to their work.
  3. Responding to Disclosures: Training should also include how to respond if a child discloses harm or abuse.
  4. Recognising and Respecting Diversity: Understanding and respecting diversity is crucial so that all children have the opportunity to be empowered and participate.
  5. Building Trust and Rapport: It’s important for staff and volunteers to build trust and rapport with children to facilitate their involvement in activities.
  6. Providing Information: Children should be provided with information to ensure they understand, can participate, and feel safe. This includes giving them the choice to be involved.
  7. Supporting Decision Making: Staff and volunteers should assist children in identifying and expressing their views and capture what they have said. They should also support children in decision-making and explain how their views will be used or shared.
  8. Inclusion and Accessibility: The individual needs and abilities of children should be considered, ensuring any accessibility issues are addressed, so that children feel included and able to participate fully.


Leadership in the organisation also plays a crucial role in supporting these efforts. They must make public commitments to children’s participation, establish supportive policies and procedures, and ensure that resources are available for effective training and empowerment practices.