Mandatory reporting and other obligations

​About

The Department of Education and Training recognises the important role early childhood staff play in protecting children and is committed to increasing their capacity to support and respond effectively to children whose safety, health or wellbeing may be at risk. As part of this commitment, the Department funded a Protecting Children train the trainer program in August 2016 to enable the early childhood workforce to understand and fulfil its responsibilities to protect children.

The train the trainer program provided information on the roles and responsibilities for protecting children, including specific advice on how to identify, respond to and report concerns regarding the health, safety and wellbeing of children. It also provided advice about new criminal offences that have been introduced to protect children.

For those who attended a train the trainer workshop

If you have attended the facilitator training you are asked to go on and deliver Protecting Children information sessions to other early childhood professionals using the comprehensive materials provided in the train the trainer workshop.

A summary of information to support your understanding of how the train the trainer program is being delivered and evaluated is available here:

If you are an information session facilitator or participant with a question that has not been answered in the frequently asked questions above, please send an email to early.years.workforce@edumail.vic.gov.au with Protecting Children in the subject line.

For further resources on Protecting Children and the new Child Safe Standards, please see: Protect

For those wanting to access information sessions

Facilitators trained at Protecting Children train the trainer workshop have been asked to deliver the training content to other early childhood professionals within their organisation, network or across services in the coming months.

Sessions are designed to be delivered face to face for groups of up to 30 participants in a workshop format that combines information presentation with small and large group discussions, activities and case scenarios.

Facilitators may deliver the material in one session which takes 3.5 hours or split the material into multiple sessions. Facilitators are asked to promote their session to early childhood professionals in their network or area.

To assist you in locating information sessions being held in your area, the organisation details of those who attended the train the trainer workshop are available here:

Who are the information sessions for?

The content of the information sessions has been designed for licensed and approved early childhood education and care services operating under the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 or the Children's Services Act 1996. This includes:

  • kindergartens
  • long day care services
  • occasional care services
  • out of school hours care
  • family day care.

What will I learn?

The information sessions will build on the content from the eLearning Module on mandatory reporting and cover other obligations in relation to child abuse.

The key learning outcomes include building the capacity of early childhood staff to:

  • identify child abuse in all its forms and its traumatic impact on children
  • identify the types of concerns for the safety, health and wellbeing of a child that should be reported
  • know how and to whom to report those concerns
  • build trusting relationships with families where there may be concerns for children's health, safety and wellbeing
  • support vulnerable children who may be at risk of or impacted by abuse and trauma, with reference to the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework.

More information

For further resources on Protecting Children and the new Child Safe Standards, please see: Protect