My WHY? Safer South Australia
Published on September 2020
I am often asked why I got involved in politics.
My answer: Firstly, I just love helping people and now you have given me the opportunity to help people every day.
Secondly, I have a fire in my belly to make South Australia the safest place for children to grow up, so they can live their best life possible. I believe one way we can achieve this is through early years education to stop the cycle of abuse we have in our community today.
One way we can influence this is by effectively teaching the South Australian, Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum (KS:CPC). The KS:CPC is a respectful relationships and child safety curriculum that teaches all children and young people that they have the right to be safe and they can help themselves to be safe by talking to people they trust.
The Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum is mandated in all Department for Education sites for children and young people from age 3 to year 12.
Why we teach children about keeping safe:
The Education Department has a legal responsibility to protect children and young people from abuse in its own settings and in the wider community. All children and young people have a right to:
- be treated with respect and to be protected from harm
- be asked for their opinions about things that affect their lives and to be listened to
- feel and be safe in their interactions with adults and other children and young people
- understand as early as possible what is meant by 'feeling and being safe'.
Parents can help reinforce the key messages of the KS:CPC. Although parent or carer permission is not required under the South Australia Education Act 1972, sites should be keeping parents or carers informed and encouraging them to ask for more information if they need it.
Are you aware of this important curriculum being taught to your child? Do you have any feedback about this curriculum? I believe there is opportunity to embed this curriculum more effectively across our SA schools.
I am liaising with the Department on their plans to deliver improvements to the curriculum implementation. If you wish to read about the curriculum, visit: https://www.education.sa.gov.au/teaching/curriculum-and-teaching/keeping-safe-child-protection-curriculum
You can also refer to your child’s school for more information about the KS:CPC curriculum.
To be kept up to date on the review of the KS:CPC please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org