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Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum

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The Department of Education, in partnership with the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, has developed the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum for Queensland students.

The Curriculum consists of classroom lessons across 3 phases of learning: Prep to Year 2, Years 3 to 6 and Years 7 to 9.

The Curriculum is aligned with the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education (Version 8.1) and is available to all Australian teachers through password-protected websites. It aims to teach children about personal safety and awareness, including cybersafety and phone safety, by focusing on three key safety messages: Recognise, React and Report.

The Curriculum was developed by the Department of Education in consultation with Bruce and Denise Morcombe, the (former) Commissioner for Children and Young People and Child Guardian, representatives from the Queensland Police Service and the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, and experts in child safety education.

Resources

Parent guides for Prep to Year 2, Years 3 to 6 and Years 7 to 9 have been developed to inform parents about the Curriculum and to help them reinforce the key safety messages at home.

A fact sheet for parents (PDF, 716KB) and frequently asked questions (PDF, 740KB) are also available.

View a video clip of Child Safety Ambassadors, Bruce and Denise Morcombe, discussing the importance of the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum and ways that parents can talk about safety with their children at home.

Specialised resources for schools and teachers for each phase include a teacher guide, a safety resource list and a principal and curriculum leaders information guide. These resources will help teachers deliver child safety lessons that reflect current best-practice teaching principles in child safety education.

The teaching resources are password protected and available online to state schools via the Learning Place and OneSchool and for non-state schools via Scootle, the National Digital Learning Resources Network managed by Education Services Australia.

Denise and Bruce Morcombe

Denise and Bruce Morcombe have been engaged by the Queensland Government as Child Safety Ambassadors.

They will continue to visit schools throughout Queensland until June 2018 to deliver key safety messages and create awareness about the Curriculum. A list of schools (RTF, 951KB) which have hosted a presentation conducted by the Morcombes is available.

More information

For more information please read the following documents:

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Last updated 02 October 2018