Mandatory reporting online training
Protecting Children – Mandatory Reporting and Other Obligations for the Early Childhood Sector eLearning Module supports all professionals in early childhood settings to increase their capacity to respond effectively to children whose safety, health or wellbeing may be at risk.
Please note, a username and password are no longer required.
All early childhood professionals are strongly encouraged to undertake this module. The module is available at no cost to participants and provides a certificate on successful completion.
The protecting children train the trainer program
In 2016, a series of protecting children train the trainer program sessions were held to upskill a number of professionals to understand and fulfil their responsibilities to protect children.
The key learning outcomes included 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.
These trained professionals are now in a position to train other professionals, either at their own service or at others.
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.
To access a summary of information to support your understanding of how the train the trainer program is being delivered and evaluated, see:
To access frequently asked questions about the train the trainer program, see:
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 with 'Protecting Children' in the subject line to:
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, see: