Department of Education

Child Protection

Protective Behaviours - Skills for Life
Protective Behaviours - Skills for Life

Child Protection

Child Protection ‹ School Supports

School Supports

Who can assist me to manage child abuse matters?

For support in managing child protection issues and concerns, the following services are available (contact details are available under Agency Contacts):

School psychologists

School psychologists can:

  • provide advice on child protection concerns
  • liaise with referral agencies in the provision of support
  • inform staff about the impact of abuse on learning and behaviour
  • provide information about universal promotion and prevention programs.

Regional Education Offices

Regional Education Office staff have a responsibility to assist and support school principals and staff to implement the Child Protection policy.  This may involve:

  • providing advice regarding the policy
  • collaborating with other departments and non-government agencies
  • supporting the development of risk assessments, risk management and safety plans for students and staff
  • providing information about early intervention or universal prevention programs
  • negotiating provision of universal prevention programs for schools.

Student Support Services - Child Protection (Department of Education)

Student Support Services - Child Protection is able to assist and support principals and Department staff in implementing the Child Protection policy through:

  • providing advice on the policy as it applies to individual cases
  • providing advice on mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse and reporting on other forms of abuse
  • the online child protection and abuse prevention professional learning
  • face-to-face workshops.

Department of Communities, Child Protection and Family Support

The Department of Communities Child Protection and Family Support (CPFS) has a legal mandate under the Children and Community Services Act 2004  to provide for the protection and care of children in circumstances where their parents have not given, or are unlikely or unable to give, that protection and care.

Department of Health - School Health Service

School nurses may:

  • assist school staff in responding to student disclosures or concerns of abuse
  • advise school staff about mental and physical health issues associated with abuse
  • provide information about universal promotion and prevention programs.

School nurses do not carry out medical examinations for the purpose of investigating child abuse unless authorised by the Department of Communities, Child Protection and Family Support or Western Australia Police Force to provide specific information.

Standards and Integrity Directorate

The Standards and Integrity Directorate (SID) is responsible for assessing alleged breaches of discipline by staff including:

  • failure to comply with department policy
  • complaints and allegations of criminal behaviour
  • misconduct towards students.

The Prevention and Education Team is available for consultation or advice regarding issues of staff misconduct.

The Child Abuse Squad, Western Australia Police Force

The Child Abuse Squad (CAS) investigates physical abuse, sexual abuse and criminal neglect of children.

The squad directly investigates sexual abuse occurring within a family and sexual abuse of children under 13 years of age by a person outside the family and will organise medical examinations if necessary.  In country areas, the CAS regional response teams are responsible for investigating offences against a child.  Where an employee of the Department is suspected of a criminal offence against a child, CAS will liaise with the Standards and Integrity Directorate and advise the Corruption and Crime Commission of any investigations being conducted into a person employed by the Department.

Previous page |
School Supports

All contents copyright Government of Western Australia, unless otherwise stated.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this site may contain images of people who are deceased.

Copyright material available on this website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence
Exclusions may apply: