Information for Parents and Caregivers
The Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum (KS:CPC) is a child safety program for children and young people from age 3 to year 12. It teaches children to:
- recognise abuse and tell a trusted adult about it
- understand what is appropriate and inappropriate touching
- understand ways of keeping themselves safe.
The KS:CPC is mandated in all public preschools and schools and is taught every year by teachers who have completed a full day KS:CPC training course. It is a world-class, evidence-based child safety program that is used by a range of Australian and international schools.
Why we teach children about keeping safe
The Department for Education (the department) has a legal responsibility to protect children and young people from abuse in its own settings and in the wider community. All children and young people have a right to:
- be treated with respect and to be protected from harm
- be asked for their opinions about things that affect their lives and to be listened to
- feel and be safe in their interactions with adults and other children and young people
- understand as early as possible what is meant by ‘feeling and being safe’.
The curriculum follows 2 main themes:
- we all have the right to be safe
- we can help ourselves to be safe by talking to people we trust.
The 2 themes are explored through 4 focus areas:
- the right to be safe
- recognising and reporting abuse
- protective strategies.
The focus areas are targeted to the age of the learners.
These summaries tell you more about what is taught in each age group: