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The Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum (KS:CPC) is a child safety and respectful relationships curriculum for children and young people from age 3 to year 12.
The KS:CPC provides age and developmentally appropriate strategies to help children and young people keep themselves safe. It has gained a world class reputation due to its depth of content, breadth of learning, contemporary nature, and the requirement for explicit training.
The KS:CPC is being reviewed to make sure it's contemporary and responsive to emerging evidence. Staff trained in delivering the KS:CPC can access information about the review at KS:CPC 2022/23 review.
Respectful relationships and consent education are addressed through the Australian Curriculum and the KS:CPC.
Respectful relationships and consent are primarily addressed through the health and physical education learning area and within the ‘relationships and sexuality’ and ‘safety’ focus areas. This includes content about negotiating consent, managing relationships online and offline, and dealing with relationships when there is an imbalance of power. Consent is also addressed within digital technology and in particular social media.
The curriculum connections show how content from across the Australian Curriculum learning areas and general capabilities can be organised to deliver respectful relationships and consent education.
Learning about respectful relationships is at the foundation of the KS:CPC for children and young people from early to secondary years. Concepts focussing on consent are embedded throughout the curriculum at an age and developmentally appropriate level. This includes:
- healthy and unhealthy relationships
- rights and responsibilities in relationships
- power in relationships
- sexual abuse, sexual harassment and sexual consent
- anatomical names of the body
- privacy, touching and consent
- online safety, dating, grooming and image-based abuse
- types of abuse and dating violence
- recognising, responding to and reporting abuse
- trusted networks and support services.
The KS:CPC is mandated in all Department for Education preschools and schools for children and young people from age 3 to year 12.
The department has a legal obligation to safeguard children and young people. The safeguarding children and young people policy (PDF 818KB) outlines that:
- all children and young people in department preschools and schools will access the KS:CPC each year
- the KS:CPC is taught by educators who are trained in its use.
Staff must complete the full day educator course before delivering the KS:CPC to children and young people.
FLO case managers are not required to do the full day training. View the KS:CPC training requirements for FLO case managers (PDF 268KB).
Access your KS:CPC training data
As a department site leader, you can access staff training data on the HR management information system (staff login required).
The KS:CPC training data HRS help sheet (PDF 238KB) has more instructions.
As a staff member, you can check your training status on the employee information kiosk (EIK) (staff login required) or by contacting education.cpc [at] sa.gov.au .
Training is available in metropolitan and regional locations, or it can be delivered at your school or preschool.
On-site training at your school or preschool
To enquire about training at your preschool or school email education.cpc [at] sa.gov.au (subject: 2020%20training%20query) or complete the site-based training form (PDF 244KB).
If you have completed the full day face-to-face training before September 2021, we strongly encourage you to do the online update course on the KS:CPC website (KS:CPC login required). The revised 2021 update course includes additional information about consent and online safety.
Once you have completed the KS:CPC full day face-to-face training, you can access the documents and resources.
The year level documents are available for download as PDFs or to buy as hard copies from the KS:CPC website (KS:CPC login required to access documents).
- Early years: ages 3–5
- Early years: years R–2
- Primary years: years 3–5
- Middle years: years 6–9
- Senior years: years 10–12
- Support materials: culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
- Support materials: disability and additional needs
- Support materials: Aboriginal children and young people.
The KS:CPC concepts and activities can be integrated throughout the Early Years Learning Framework outcomes. The Early Years Learning Framework curriculum mapping tool (KS:CPC login required) outlines ways to integrate the KS:CPC in early years learning.
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.
The curriculum mapping tool (KS:CPC login required) provides connections between the KS:CPC activities and multiple learning areas of the Australian Curriculum for years R to 10.
For students in the senior years, the mapping tools also provide connections with some SACE subjects.
Whole site planning
Resources are available to support KS:CPC planning and implementation (KS:CPC login required) such as the site implementation rubric, whole site implementation guide and the sample planning guides.
Although parent or carer permission is not required under the South Australia Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017, preschools and schools should keep parents or carers informed and encourage them to ask for more information if they need it.
You can find a range of parent communication resources on the KS:CPC website (KS:CPC login required to access resources). For more information, see consent and sexual consent – information for parents, carers and families.
The Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum is used in some other sectors and schools nationally and internationally. The Department for Education retains the intellectual property of the KS:CPC to make sure the curriculum stays up-to-date and maintains its high profile and integrity. For more information about licence agreements and accessing the KS:CPC refer to accessing the KS:CPC website or email education.cpc [at] sa.gov.au .