Early Childhood Guidance

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This content has been developed to support staff employed in Victorian early childhood services to take action if they suspect, or are witness to any form of child abuse.

This includes all staff within any service providing education and care on a regular basis to children under the age of 13 years, approved and licensed services, Maternal Child Health Services, Early Childhood Intervention Services, Supported Playgroups and Supported Parenting Programs, and ​​staff working in Outside School Hours Care (OSHC). Separate guidance exists for school staff within Victorian Schools.

As a staff member within an early childhood service, you play a vital role in protecting children from abuse by responding to and reporting any incidents, disclosures or suspicions. You are often best placed to identify signs and behaviours that may indicate that a child has been subject to abuse, or that a community member, staff member, contractor or volunteer may be a perpetrator of abuse.

This resource uses the term child to refer to any person under the age of 18.

This resource has been designed to support you in this role and it includes specific advice on:

To download a copy of the full guide and factsheets, see: 

This resource has been developed to support a wide range of Victorian early childhood services, including services:

  • Maternal Child Health Services

    Resources for Victorian Maternal Child Health Services

  • Approved Services

    Resources for services approved under the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010, including kindergartens/preschools, long day care, family day care and outside school hours care services

  • Licensed Services

    Resources for services licensed under the Children’s Services Act 1996 (including occasional care services, school holiday care services, limited and short term type 1 and type 2 services and standard services)

  • Early Childhood Intervention Services

    Resources for Early Childhood Intervention Services