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New online child safety resources deal with family violence to keep kids safe

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Thousands of people working with children affected by family violence can now access a series of free, ground-breaking online safety resources developed by leading child protection experts at the Australian Catholic University.

Seven self-paced online modules and workshops have been carefully designed to help those in youth-serving organisations better support vulnerable children and young people dealing with family and domestic violence.

Leading child protection expert Professor Daryl Higgins, from ACU’s Institute of Child Protection Studies, said the new Keeping Kids Central modules offer sought after knowledge and understanding of child-safe and child-centred practice.

“These modules are designed for people working in targeted, specialist and mainstream services who encounter families affected by domestic and family violence,” Professor Higgins said.

“We recognised that some may know a lot about family and domestic violence but have had limited opportunities to implement child-centred approaches. While others may have experience working with children and young people but need greater confidence to address sensitive issues.”

The new resources are part of ACU’s lauded Safeguarding Children and Young People Portal – a website linking external organisations and partners to accessible child-safe resources and tools.

Research shows children are not able to learn, grow or develop within environments where they feel unsafe.

Keeping Kids Central offers flexible, tailored courses – designed to help staff working in services, used by people affected by family violence, to prevent and respond to harm to children.

The online modules include practice tools and resources to help build skills needed to engage with children and young people.

Keeping Kids Central was developed with support from the Australian Department of Social Services and forms part of a suite of research, resources, tools and surveys available to keep children safe.

Source: ACU

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