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Online courses for residential care workers in Victoria.
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If you are not a residential care worker, but would still like to access this information, a special version of the training has been prepared for you – please click here and read on for more information.
Aim of training
This is an online training module for residential care staff. It teaches participants about their obligations under the Reportable Conduct Scheme, and how it works to protect children from child abuse, violence and exploitation. It provides an overview of some key facts and common myths about child abuse; some common indicators of abuse, and what ground staff are and are not responsible for under the Reportable Conduct Scheme. The module also addresses how to understand and recognise some possible grooming behaviours. Following completion of the online component, the course also has a Team Talks package to guide the learner and their manager in discussing the issues the course raised in their next supervision session.
• Recognise the importance and scope of the Reportable Conduct Scheme
• Understand the learner’s role and responsibilities under the Scheme and how those duties should be carried out, in line with both their Organisation’s and DHHS’ other policies & procedures.
• Recognise common indicators that child abuse/grooming may be occurring
• Understand the role that workers can play in protecting children and young people from abuse
How will enrolments work for the online training?
Once you have signed them up here, your staff will be enrolled as soon as possible. You may enrol them any time up until the end of March.
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. The three month period commences from the date of enrolment – i.e. even if your staff are enrolled at the end of March, they will still have three months to complete the course.
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.