What to expect?
What is a Child Safety Decision-Making Model?
Why are there 4 different types of assessments?
How can you implement assessment outcomes?
How do you close, appeal and review responses?
Do you work for an organisation?
Do we care about people?
Do we care about you?
What are the principles behind response strategies?
Do you want to keep learning?

Further education options

Self-Directed Learning is a core concept in adult education. It entails individuals taking initiative and responsibility for their own learning. 

We have created a list of models that you may consider exploring if you decide that you would like to further your education. The following models are a great resource to assist responders to learn and implement current practice.   

Child Centred model.  A child centred approach means keeping the child in focus when making decisions about their lives and working in partnership with them and their families. Whatever the issue, safety or conduct of adults, the child’s needs and safety should be the priority when determining what action to take.

Family focused model.  Family-centred practice is a way of working with families, both formally and informally, to enhance their capacity to care for and protect their children. Seeking to identity what the family needs to equip them to fulfil their roles in caring for children. 

Human Resource management. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ciAnHfIiFA

The strategic approach to the effective management of people in an organisation.  Understands and abides by all relevant workplace legislation.

Trauma informed model. Trauma-informed care requires consideration of a person’s whole environment and their experiences, and of how their symptoms and presentations may be seen as adaptations to trauma rather than as pathologies.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWIV3wWygS4

Restorative Justice.  Restorative Justice supplies organisations and communities with a new set of tools to respond to injustices beyond the limitations of the criminal justice system.   “Restorative justice is a process to involve, to the extent possible, those who have a stake in a specific offense and to collectively identify and address harms, needs and obligations, in order to heal and put things as right as possible.”  Howard Zehr 2002, The Little Book of Restorative Justice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJJxbn1VjYo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9I8dDGKUcg

Positive Psychology Movement.  This is the focus on creating the character strengths and behaviours that allow individuals to build mental assets, as opposed to addressing mental weaknesses and problems.

Public Health Model.  The public health model aims to prevent problems occurring in the first place by identifying and targeting known risk indicators.

Situational Prevention Model.  Rather than assuming that we can accurately identify risky adults, or rely on children to protect themselves, situation prevention strategies focus on minimizing the opportunity for harm to occur to children by changing the situations that permit harm to occur, such as isolation, lack of accountability, lack of instruction, lack of awareness of harm, lack of supervision. The goal is to prevent the opportunity of harm to occur to children.

Early Intervention Model.  This is a model that aims at identifying and preventing concerns with families and children before they develop into situations that cause harm and or abuse.

Principle based Policy Model.  Principle based policy as opposed to rules-based policy, is when a set of guidelines are implemented by a set of principles.  It is opposed to rules-based process that is strictly governed by a set of details rules and procedures.

Attachment Theory.  Attachment theory is a concept in developmental psychology that concerns the importance of ‘attachment’ in regard to personal development. 

Research aware.  Being aware of current research and consider if or how to apply this to your organisations practice.

Cognitive dissonance theory.  This theory refers to the mental conflict that occurs when a person’s behaviours and beliefs do not align or when a person holds two beliefs that contradict one another.  In order to relieve this discomfort, people will often explain away or reject new information.

Development theory.  This theory focuses on explaining how children change and grow over the course of childhood. 

Stages of Grief.  The stages that people often traveling through as they experience grief and lost.

Common Myth

Police Model.  A Child Safety Response should NEVER copy or seek inspiration from a police model.  Please leave policing to the police, even if you are a retired Police officer.    Otherwise, by playing police officer, you may cause harm to you, others and your organisation, and you may even hinder a police investigation.  You will also be contributing to the myth that Child Safety Responses are always criminal matters. 

https://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=qYwQ8R5aE6E

Please take notice that this course does not use language of law enforcement such as investigation, alleged offender, victims, as this type of language will create a false narrative that will lead people into confusing these assessments with a criminal investigation.