Skip to 0 minutes and 17 secondsChild maltreatment is a sensitive issue and one that children deserve for us to know about. Teachers and student support staff are in an ideal position to recognise and report warning signs and indicators of abuse and neglect. In some jurisdictions like most jurisdictions in Australia, teachers are mandatory reporters. This means they're required by law to report known or suspected cases of child abuse and neglect. This course is designed to help increase your awareness of child maltreatment, your knowledge about the different forms of child abuse and neglect, and your confidence in reporting it. We will explore how maltreatment affects children's learning, why abuse occurs and how to recognise and report the signs of physical, emotional and sexual abuse and neglect.

Skip to 1 minute and 18 secondsChild maltreatment is prevalent. Each year in Australia which has a population of 25 million, child protection authorities receive over 350,000 notifications that require further investigation. A further 200,000 are referred to family support services. The actual prevalence however is likely to be higher, because many cases particularly if child sexual abuse are never reported. Recent data from Australia shows that approximately 1 in 32 children receive child protection services, which is about one child in every classroom, although we know that in some vulnerable communities this rate will be very much higher.

Welcome to the course

Child abuse and neglect (CAN), also known as child maltreatment, affects children’s development and learning. As professionals who support children and young people, we need to know about this topic, even though it can be challenging for us to hear.

Thank you for joining us. I’m Professor Kerryann Walsh and I will guide you through this course on child protection.

During this course, we will cover the following topics:

  • What is child abuse?
  • Why does it happen?
  • How frequently does it occur?
  • What are the warning signs & indicators?
  • What is your role?
  • Why is it so important to report child abuse and neglect?

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Child Protection for Teachers

Queensland University of Technology