Building and Maintaining a Child-Safe Organisation

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Course Category:

Children, Youth and Family

Duration (hours):


Fees (Please note that the fees listed are for your reference only. The final course fee may vary.)
Name Fee (Excludes GST) Fee (Includes GST)
Course Fee (Before Funding) $ 780.00 $ 834.60


The creating and maintaining child safe organisation training will provide participants with a thorough overview and key strategies on how to keep children safe in their care. The course focuses on preventing and identifying child abuse. In the training the participants will learn of how to minimize or eliminate risks of abuse from happening in their organization, how to respond to concerns of abuse and ultimately how to maintain the safest possible organization for children. Creating and maintaining organisations has been recognized as world’s best practice for children’s organizations and has been delivered throughout Asia, the Pacific and Europe. The training is highly participatory and requires participants to be willing to join in activities and be present on both days.

Target Participants:

Senior staff in a children’s or youth organisation or a manager. The person needs to be in a position to influence policies and procedures to the organisation and share this information with other staff.

The skills and knowledge for this course, which the learner is assumed to possess, are as follows:
1. A basic understanding of child development.
2. The existing policies and practices of their organisation.
This person should handle staff recruitment.

Learners are assumed to possess an English Language (speaking, reading, writing and listening) proficiency level equivalent to:
- GCE ‘O’ level OR
- Employability Skills System Workplace Literacy (WPL) Level 6

Learning Outcome:

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

1. Review an organisation for possible signs and symptoms of abuse
2. Identify factors that can minimise abuse
3. Prepare a plan that addresses the factors to minimise abuse to create a child-safe environment for children
4. Support HR with the recruitment and selection of staff and volunteers to work with children


This course includes assessment components.
Assessment may be conducted during and/or after the course. As there is an assessment component for this course, grading and processing of results can only take place after course completion.

Learners who pass the assessment(s) will be awarded with a Certificate of Achievement from SSI. Your Certificate will only be ready for collection from SSI approximately 4 weeks from the end of the course.

Fee Remarks:

WDA funding is available for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents only. Terms and conditions apply.

VCF funding is available for foreigners who are staff of member VWOs of NCSS via Direct Training Application. Terms and conditions apply.

Trainer Profile:

Bernadette McMenamin AO is the founder of Child Wise™ Limited, a child protection charity with a local and global mission based in Melbourne, Australia. Bernadette has a Masters in International Social Work and is highly regarded in Australia and overseas as a successful advocate and innovator in the prevention of child sexual abuse. She has devoted 22 years of her life to the issue.

In 1992 Bernadette became a founding member of ECPAT International in Thailand - a global campaign against child sexual exploitation. The campaign now exists in over 70 countries. In 1993 Bernadette returned to Australia and established ECPAT in Australia (now known as Child Wise Limited). As the National Director of Child Wise, Bernadette has been responsible for developing innovative child abuse prevention programs, managing extensive and multifaceted education and training programs and advocacy campaigns against global child sexual abuse and exploitation. She has also been responsible for many “firsts”; including successful advocacy campaigns which have led to significant political, legal and social changes. Of particular note is the enactment of the Child Sex Tourism law in 1994 to make sex with children overseas a prosecutable offence in Australia.

Bernadette is a qualified trainer and has developed numerous child abuse prevention training programs that have been delivered successfully in Australia and overseas. She has conducted thousands of workshops and has trained extensively internationally including: Thailand, the Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Fiji, PNG, New Zealand, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Under Bernadette’s leadership Child Wise’s work is considered ground breaking, both nationally and internationally, and for these efforts Child Wise/ECPAT has been recognised with multiple human rights awards. In recognition of her contribution to the protection of children from sexual exploitation, Bernadette won the 2004 Victorian nomination for Australian of the Year and was awarded the Order of Australia (AO) in June 2004.

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