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Child Safe in Practice - Part 1 - Safe Environments

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Child Safe in Practice (4 part series)

There are many elements to ensuring learning environments are safe for children. This webinar series provides an in-depth understanding of important themes and child safe practices that assist educators to build their knowledge, skills and ability to respond effectively to children's needs.

Part 1: Safe Environments - reducing the risk of harm in physical and online environments - Wednesday 8 July 2020 - 4.30pm - 5.00pm            

The physical and online environment puts children's safety at risk when they are exposed to the harmful behaviours of others or inappropriate content. The challenge to educators is: how do we manage these risks without compromising a child's right to privacy, access to information, social connections and learning opportunities?

Part 2: Giving Children a Voice - promoting children's participation and empowerment -  Wednesday 22 July 2020- 4.30pm - 5.00pm                                                                            

Children are very easily silenced. In the interests of children's safety and wellbeing, it is vital that they are encouraged to express their feelings, are listed to and taken seriously. In exploring these themes, we will be focusing on the benefits of giving children a voice and how we can promote their participation and help-seeking behaviour.

Part 3: Managing Children's Sexual Play - personal safety conversations with children - Wednesday 5 August 2020 - 4.30pm - 5.00pm                    

Young children are naturally curious about their own and other people's bodies. Educators need to understand what sexual behaviours can be considered normal curiosity and when they are cause for concern. Most importantly, educators need to know how to respond to children's sexual play and to make sure they are providing a child safe environment for all children. This includes teaching children some simple personal safety messages. Personal safety messages for children can begin as young as 2 or 3 years of age.

Part 4: Maintaining Professional Boundaries with Children - what is too close  and personal? - Wednesday 19 August 2020 - 4.30pm - 5.00pm      

During this final webinar, we will discuss personal versus professional relationships with children. We will identify adult behaviour that might be considered too personal, unreasonable or problematic. This session will challenge you to think about actions that may be perceived to be grooming behaviour and why it is important to define acceptable and unacceptable interactions with children in a child safe code of conduct.

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