Throughout the year students will be engaging with the Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum (KS:CPC) which is mandated in every school. The teachers delivering the program have received explicit training in the Curriculum. It is a Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) responsibility under the Children’s Protection Act (1993) and the Child Protection in Schools, Early Childhood Education and Care Services policy to ensure that effective abuse prevention programs are implemented and that all children and young people have access to the approved child protection curriculum. Although parent permission is not required under the Education Act (1972), we encourage parents/caregivers to seek further clarification if required and to provide the teacher with any relevant information about their child that could alleviate any concerns.

The KS:CPC is an evidence based, best practice curriculum developed collaboratively with child protection specialists, teachers, educational leaders and other professionals. It covers a range of concepts including new additional material on contemporary issues such as bullying and cyber safety.

The KS:CPC is divided into 5 documents specific to the year level of the students plus 2 additional documents for educators working with students from cultural or linguistically diverse backgrounds and for students with disability.

There are 2 main themes:

  • We all have the right to be safe
  • We can help ourselves to be safe by talking to people we trust

At each level of schooling there are  4 focus areas:

  • The right to be safe
  • Relationships
  • Recognising and reporting abuse
  • Protective strategies

The curriculum builds on these focus areas at each level of schooling in the following ways:


The right to be safe

  • feelings, being safe, warning signs, risk taking and emergencies


  • trust and networks, rights and responsibilities, use and abuse of power

Recognising and reporting abuse

  • names of parts of the body, recognising abusive situations and secrets

Protective strategies

  • practising protective strategies, persistence.


The right to be safe

  • exploring the concept of safety, reviewing the concept of warning signs, unsafe situations and acceptable risk taking


  • understanding rights and responsibilities, trust and networks, developing personal identity, power in relationships

Recognising and reporting abuse

  • privacy and names of parts of the body, recognising abuse, neglect and unsafe secrets, internet, telephone and media safety

Protective strategies

  • problem solving and keeping safe, review of networks.


The right to be safe

  • safety and risk taking, warning signs and emergencies


  • rights and responsibilities in relationships, power in relationships, bullying as an abuse of power

Recognising and reporting abuse

  • recognising abuse, identifying abuse and neglect, electronic media abuse

Protective strategies

  • problem solving strategies, network view and community support

The KS:CPC fits primarily within the Health and Physical Education learning area of the Australian Curriculum but can also be incorporated across other Learning Areas. 

More information can be found on the DECD child protection curriculum site


Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 10.55.28 pm Figure 1 Relationship of curriculum elements in the Australian Curriculum Health and Physical Education

ShineSA Relationships and Sexual Health Curriculum

Our Year 5-7 teachers are also currently engaged in  a training course to enable them to  implement  the Shine SA Relationships and Sexual Health curriculum.  This curriculum covers significant aspects of the Child Protection Curriculum; the Health and  PE Australian Curriculum; the Australian Curriculum General Capabilities: social and personal development; ethical behviours.

Teachers will provide parents and care givers  with details about what they are doing  once they are about to start the program … here’s an overview of what might be covered.TIP-Curriculum-Outline

Please contact the classroom teacher/s if you have any questions about these programs.