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Child protection education in schools

Responsible government

  • New South Wales

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Primary prevention is key
    • 5 Promote healthy and safe relationships and build gender equitable values through initiatives for children and young people.

What are we doing?

The NSW Government provides a proactive and comprehensive program for child protection education which is taught in all schools in NSW as part of the mandatory kindergarten to Year 10 (K–10) Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) syllabus.

The syllabus includes strategies for building respectful relationships and resilience, as well as building skills in recognising and responding to unsafe situations, effectively seeking assistance and protective strategies appropriate to their age and stage of learning.

What have we achieved so far?

The NSW Department of Education released the NSW PDHPE K–10 syllabus in 2018. The syllabus includes progressive learning across child protection concepts from K–10. This syllabus was implemented in all NSW schools for students in Years 7 and 9 in 2019.

The NSW Department of Education allocated $80,000 for the review and redevelopment of child protection education materials to support effective teaching and student learning. The updated materials will be released to NSW schools in 2020.

What is next?

NSW Department of Education will implement the PDHPE K–10 syllabus in all NSW schools in 2020. This includes piloting the child protection education curriculum support materials in schools from January 2020 and giving all schools access to final materials from May 2020.

What difference will we make?

The PDHPE program will be delivered to meet the learning objectives and indicators set out by the NSW Education Standards Authority.

The revised child protection education curriculum support materials will build teachers’ confidence and capacity to deliver PDHPE syllabus content that is considered complex and sensitive. Expanding child protection education will improve student knowledge, understanding and skills about respectful relationships, protective strategies, power, abuse and violence.

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