Child Safety

We care about kids and their wellbeing, and we all have a part to play in keeping children safe. That's why we've developed the CSA100: Child Safety subject.

Trigger warning: This subject includes descriptions that may be distressing to read. We know that completing this subject could evoke an emotional response from some of our students. We are committed to not causing further trauma or distress.
If you require an exemption or request clarification on the triggering content of the module before proceeding, you must fill out this form. This process does not require you to disclose why you require an exemption* and is fully confidential.
*Once exempt, you will be removed from the subject.

This subject is now mandatory for all Charles Sturt students studying in Australia. The subject will enable students to:

  • identify and respond to children and young people at risk
  • support the rights and safety of children and young people
  • work collaboratively to maintain a safe environment for children and young people.

The subject takes about 1 hour to complete. You do not need to complete it all at once.

You must complete the Child Safety subject by the end of session. If you do not complete the subject, your grades will not be visible to you in line with our policy.

How to complete the subject

To complete the Child Safety subject, students will need to work through the content in Interact2.

You will need to achieve 100% on the quiz to complete the subject.

If you need support during this process or at any time during your studies, remember the Student Counselling Service offers free and confidential counselling to all students.

Complete the subject

Once you complete the subject

Successful completion of the Child Safety subject will be noted on your student record.

You can also check if you've completed the subject from the 'Non-course subjects' section of your Student Portal dashboard (shown with a green tick if complete, as per the image below).

You can also download a certificate of completion.

Do you have two student records?

Some of our students have two active student IDs, as they may have completed a different course previously, or are studying in concurrent sessions.

If you have two active student IDs (an A and B ID) you only need to complete this subject once. You are only enrolled in the Child Safety subject once. If you have trouble getting into the subject under one ID, please try logging in under your other ID/username. If you receive communication but are confident you've completed the subject, you may have an A and B ID.

When you complete the Child Safety subject, the grade hold will be removed from both A and B IDs.

Find out more

  • Why has Charles Sturt made the subject mandatory?

    As members of the Charles Sturt community, we care about the wellbeing of children. Child safety is everyone’s responsibility, and we all have a part to play. Even if you are not going to work in a role where you are responsible for children, you are required to complete the subject. It will provide you with the toolkit required to intervene and protect a vulnerable child.

    Not only will this subject provide you with the skill set to address child sex abuse behaviours, but it will also provide you with an understanding of your positionality and the impact of generational disadvantage.

    The Child Safety Policy sets out the University’s approach to child safety and the requirements for those interacting with children within the University or on its behalf. The CSA100 Child Safety: Awareness and Mandatory Reporting of Child Sexual Assault and Abuse subject fulfills key recommendation 62f of the Final Report into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

    The Child Safety subject site will remain active in your Interact2/blackboard dashboard so you will always be able to revisit the content at any time.

  • The subject is triggering. Can I speak to someone about this?

    We're aware that completion of this subject could evoke an emotional response from our students. Support is available.

    Students can request an exemption in limited circumstances, including those with lived experience, family experience, cultural experience or other related circumstances. To review your options about triggering material and exemptions, you need to fill out a form for consideration of an exemption. We recommend you do this as soon as possible. We do not need to know specific details about your circumstances. The link to this form can be found in the introduction to the subject.

    If you require support during this process or at any time during your studies, remember the Student Counselling Service offers free and confidential counselling to all students. The Charles Sturt after-hours crisis support line is also available 5pm to 9am weeknights and 24/7 on weekends and public holidays on 1300 572 516. The Office for Student Safety and Wellbeing can also provide helpful information.

  • What happens if I don’t complete the subject?

    If you don't complete the subject, you will not be able to see your final grades, and this may impact your eligibility to graduate.

  • I’m an expert in this field. Can I get an exemption?

    No, this subject was specifically designed for Charles Sturt students and is mandatory. Child safety is everyone's responsibility. We care about kids and their wellbeing, and we all have a part to play. That's why this subject is mandatory for all onshore students to complete, regardless of previous experience or training. The subject will provide you with the toolkit required to intervene and protect a vulnerable child.

  • I’m not going to work in a role where I am responsible for children. Can I get an exemption?

    No. Child safety is everyone's responsibility. We care about kids and their wellbeing, and we all have a part to play. Even if you are not going to work in a role where you are responsible for children, you are required to complete the subject. The subject will provide you with the toolkit required to intervene and protect a vulnerable child.

    An exemption is not available unless it is related to possible triggering material.

  • When do I have to complete the subject by?

    For new students, you must complete the subject within your first session of study. For continuing students, you must complete the subject before the end of Session 1 2022. If you do not complete the subject beforehand, you will not be able to see your final grades.

  • How long will it take me to complete the subject?

    It’ll take you around an hour to complete, but will provide you with a lifetime of skills to make a difference to vulnerable children in your community.

  • How often will I need to complete the subject?

    In most cases, you only need to complete this subject once. However, if your studies are for longer than 5 years you will be asked to complete the subject again at that time.

    Some of our students have two active student IDs, as they may have completed a different course previously, or are studying in concurrent sessions.

    If you have two active student IDs (an A and B ID) you only need to complete this subject once. If you have trouble getting into the subject under one ID, please try logging in under your other ID/username. If you receive communication but are confident you've completed the subject, you may have an A and B ID.

    When you complete the Child Safety subject, the grade hold will be removed from both A and B IDs.

  • How do I download my certificate?

    In your subject site, on the left-hand side there is a tab labelled “Certificate”. Once you complete the subject, your personalised certificate will be available here. You can download the certificate by selecting the three dots in the top right-hand corner and selecting “print”. Then save your document as a PDF.

  • I’m both a student and a staff member. Do I need to complete the subject twice?

    No, you will only need to complete the subject once. Please send a copy of your ELMO certificate to Child-Safety@csu.edu.au so we can update your student record.

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