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Policy Guide, Templates & Checklists

Child Protection Policy [Template]

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This template will help you develop and review your early childhood service’s child protection policy. 


Updated: March 2016

1. Rationale - Why do you need this policy?

Describe your commitment to protect children from child abuse and neglect.  Include discussion about:

  • Teachers as advocates for children, speaking up for them.
  • The vulnerability of children – those that should be helping them may be harming them.
  • Benefits of having clear child protection policies and procedures.
    • Ensures suspected abuse is acted upon.
    • Protects staff from false allegations.
  • How this fits with your ECE service’s philosophy and goals.

Refer to legislative requirements and your commitment to meeting these.  Refer to:


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