Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare
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RCLDS provides training and learning opportunities for residential care workers across Victoria.
Online courses for residential care workers in Victoria.
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Government funded training for child and family services workers.
Tailor our training for your organisation.
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The Raising Expectations project aims to help young and mature care leavers access higher education.
Information on mandatory Certificate IV training for residential care workers in Victoria.
A sector-led project focused on foster care recruitment.
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Aim of training
This is an online, interactive training course for residential care staff on a range of issues to do with keeping children and young people safe online. It includes modules on cyber-bullying, grooming and sexual exploitation, sexting, pornography, protecting digital footprints, and policies & procedures to do with online activities. This course also features a range of printed materials designed to guide learners in discussing these issues with young people, which will be sent to your Organisation upon completion of the online component.
• Recognise the indicators which may mean that a young person is being groomed or bullied online – or is engaging in those behaviours themselves.
• Develop an understanding of how one can leave digital footprints behind on the internet – and how to minimise the risk that causes.
• Identify the potential harms and effects of viewing pornography, as well as the legal issues.
• Understand the importance of clear and consistent policies & procedures for online activities – how they protect young people and workers (in addition to the obligations they impose upon workers).
• Develop techniques and confidence in discussing these issues with the young people in your care.
How will enrolments work for the online training?
We will enrol people in our online courses in monthly cohorts. For example, once you sign up your staff in this course, they will be enrolled on the 19th of December. They will receive an email with their login details for the Moodle (our online learning management system) and will then have up to three months to complete the course at their own pace. Do not worry if they are not free to do anything on the 19th of December – they may begin the course at their convenience.
At the halfway point – roughly one and a half months later – any staff who have not yet begun will receive a reminder email, and be put in contact with their local Moodle Champion, where possible. The manager who enrolled them will also receive a reminder email at this time.
Because all of our courses have a supervision component, it is essential that you provide your manager/supervisor’s contact details when signing up.
Once staff have completed the online component of the courses (and received a satisfactory grade on any final assessment) they must then complete a Team Talks conversation about the course content during their next supervision session. Their manager/supervisor will notify the Centre for Excellence once the Team Talks session has been completed – the Centre will then send out a certificate of completion to the staff member.
At the conclusion of the three month period, the managers of any staff who have still not completed the training (including Team Talks) will be notified. A full report of each staff member’s results will be generated and sent to the relevant manager for their records.
How long will the training take? Will I need any special equipment?
Although staff will have three months to finish the training in, it won’t take anywhere near that long!
On average, each course will take approximately 2 hours. One of the key benefits of online learning, however, is that staff can complete the courses in their own time. If they have to stop, the Moodle will remember where they were up to and allow them to pick up from there when they come back.
Staff will not need any special equipment for the training, beyond a computer with a reliable internet connection. All online courses designed by the Centre for Excellence are customised for both desktop computer (Mac and PC), tablets and smartphones.