Child Protection

If you have clicked on this link because you have a concern about a child call the Police on 111 if the child is in immediate danger, or the Nelson Police Child Protection Team on 03 546 3840/ Child Youth and Family (CYFs) on 0508 FAMILY (326459).

Child Protection Flow Charts

Child Protection Policy - example

If you clicked the link to access training, see the information below:

Safeguarding Children Initiative (SCI) e-learning

It is best practice to have everyone trained (reception staff included – see comments below). This is now available free as e-learning modules of 30 minutes duration each. Click on this link:  

The e-learning modules cover:

  • Child protection overview and barriers to addressing child abuse, neglect and vulnerability
  • Child abuse & neglect, vulnerability, cyber safety/internet abuse
  • Responding, referring, reporting and sharing information
  • Understanding The Vulnerable Children’s Act, CYP&F Act and Privacy Act
  • Useful links

Click here to open the SCI flyer

The Safeguarding Children Initiative also run seminars across our region. These are multi-agency presentations from leading practitioners working in this area. Please visit the Safeguarding Children Initiative website  for more information.

It was a well-run and thought provoking seminar.  I would certainly recommend it to my colleagues, as well as other GP practice staff.  A comment made at the seminar which we have also noted is that the receptionists are in a good position to observe families while they await appointments.  Subsequent to the seminar, we have discussed this with our staff and they are being encouraged to forward any concerns that they may have about families.” (GP).

 “I thought it was really useful for GPs, nurses and receptionists. Our Practice manager was at the course with me and she came away saying she would like all our receptionists to do the course because of the waiting room behaviours that can be seen by them.”(GP).