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The Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum (KS:CPC) is a respectful relationships and child safety 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.
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 sites for children and young people from age 3 to year 12.
It’s a requirement under the child protection in schools, early childhood education and care services policy that:
- all children and young people in department preschools and schools will access approved child protection curriculum each year
- the approved child protection curriculum will be taught by staff who have received training in its use.
Staff must complete the full day training course before delivering the KS:CPC to children and young people.
Department site leaders can access staff training data on the HR management information system (staff login required).
The KS:CPC training data HRS help sheet (PDF 346KB) has more instructions. Staff can check their training status on the employee information kiosk (EIK) (staff login required) or by contacting Education.CPC [at] sa.gov.au.
FLO Case managers are not required to do the full day training. The requirements can be found here in Plink.
Full day training
Training is available in metropolitan and regional locations, or site-based.
Online bookings are available: To enquire about training at your site email education.cpc [at] sa.gov.au (subject: 2020%20training%20query) or complete the site-based training form.
Online bookings are available:
To enquire about training at your site email education.cpc [at] sa.gov.au (subject: 2020%20training%20query) or complete the site-based training form.
Staff who have completed the full day face-to-face training before 2013 must do the online update course (staff login required).
For more information go to KS:CPC portal frequently asked question (staff login required).
The documents and resources are available on the KS:CPC portal (staff login required) in the KS:CPC resources tab. You can download them as PDFs or buy as hard copies. Staff must complete the KS:CPC full day face-to-face training before they can access the 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 EYLF mapping tool (staff login required) outlines ways to integrate the KS:CPC in early years learning.
The KS:CPC fits primarily within the Health and Physical Education (HPE) learning area of the Australian Curriculum, but can also be incorporated across other learning areas.
The curriculum mapping tools (staff login required) provide connections between the KS:CPC activities and multiple learning areas of the Australian Curriculum for years R-10.
For students in the senior years, the mapping tools also provide connections with some SACE subjects.
Sites can use the site implementation rubric to assess their KS:CPC level of implementation. The whole site implementation guide and sample planning guides (staff login required) provide additional information.
Although parent or carer permission is not required under the South Australia Children and Young People (Safety) Act, 2017, sites should keep parents or carers informed and encourage them to ask for more information if they need it.
A range of parent communication resources is available for staff to use on the KS:CPC portal (staff login required).
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, email education.cpc [at] sa.gov.au.
Child Protection Curriculum Team
Phone: 8463 5910
Email: Education.CPC [at] sa.gov.au