Child Protection

Hamilton Community Pre-School has a responsibility to both the children placed in its care and the families of those children to ensure that we provide the best care possible so that they are protected from the chance of child abuse.

Under the relevant legislation including both the Child & Young Persons (Care & Protection) Act 1998, Children Legislation Amendment Act 2009 and the Ombudsman Amendment (Child Protection and Community Services) Act 1998, children services are required to ensure allegations of child abuse concerning children in their care are appropriately addressed. Under the Child Protection (Prohibited Employment) Act 1998, and the Commission for Children and Young People Act 1998 numerous procedures are in place to identify and exclude, if necessary, all inappropriate persons from having contact with the children in care or from being employed in child care services.

These procedures apply to Hamilton Community Pre-School and were developed to provide a framework for the protection of the child and to clarify procedures for staff that may be required to report on allegations and child abuse. This means that all Educators at Hamilton Community Preschool by law are Mandatory Reporters and will report any child that is at risk of significant harm.

Click links for more information.

Local Services

Hunter Sexual Assault services ph: (02) 49 213888
Newcastle and Hunter Counselling & Psychological Service ph: (02) 49 621996

Family Resources

Signs of Child Abuse -  Signs of Abuse

Child Sexual Abuse -  Effects and indicators

I am concerned about a child. - What you can do if you suspect a child is being abused.

Sexual Behaviour in Children - Common and uncommon behaviour in children

Responding to Disclosure - What to do when a child tells you they have been abused

Keeping Children safe online - Children and the internet. 

A Parents Guide to talking to children about safety - Helping parents talk to their children about personal safety.

Speak up - Understanding and responding to Child Abuse

Yarning Up about Child Sexual Abuse - booklet written for aboriginal parents and carers to help prevent child abuse.

Children's Resources

Morkys Safety Mission board game - Conversations about child safety can often be challenging and confronting and with Morky‚Äôs Safety Mission we hope to provide a unique way for parents or caregivers to keep talking about safety with young people.

Safety School Feelings - Sing along and learn about different feelings. Video length 4.20min.

Books in our Library on Site 

Please speak to one of our educators if you would like to borrow any of our Child Protection books

Don't Talk to Strangers! by Christine Mehlhaff (Is11)

My Underpants Rule by Kate And Rod Power (Is28)

Its my body. A book about Private Parts by Louise Spilsbury (Is27)