Safe environments

Part five of the IncludED@OSHC learning journey

Children with complex disabilities need to feel safe in their environment and also with staff and peers.

Safety is not just physical safety – it includes emotional, psychological and cultural safety.

At your service, you will need to create safe spaces, minimise risks and support children's physical and mental wellbeing.

The National Quality Framework for education and care explains the standards for safe environments you should meet:

  • Quality Area 2 – Children's health and safety: ensuring all children at OSHC are protected from harm, hazards or injury, and that risk and incident management plans are developed and used at the service.
  • Quality Area 3 – Physical environment: designing the OSHC environment to be safe and meet the individual needs of all children.
  • Quality Area 5 – Relationships with children: supporting children to feel safe and secure, regulating their behaviour and emotions and managing conflicts.
  • Quality Area 7 – Governance and leadership: ensuring effective systems, policies and processes are in place to manage risks at OSHC.

Below, learn how to achieve and exceed the National Quality Standard.

Safe environment pages


The IncludED@OSHC learning modules are hosted on the Learneyo platform. Register as a user to access the modules and to ensure technical compatibility use Google Chrome or Safari as your browser.

These modules are relevant to this section:

  • Learning module 4: Positive behaviour support – learn how to support positive behaviour.
  • Learning module 8: Risk management planning – learn how to manage risks and safety and how to develop a risk management plan.