Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this factsheet, you will learn what to do when a student discloses the sexual abuse of themself or another student.

Audience: Teachers, school leaders and wellbeing staff.

Related online course: Teaching Consent To Children

Related education package: eSafety for Kids

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Factsheet: What to do when a student has disclosed the sexual abuse of themself or another student

Immediate Action

Remind the student that nobody deserves to be sexually abused, and you are a trusted adult who can help. Explain that, by law, you need to follow procedures to ensure their safety and the safety of anyone else involved. Immediately follow mandatory reporting processes.


Child sexual abuse is when a person involves young people in sexual activity. This could include fondling the child’s genitals, oral sex, vaginal or anal penetration by a penis, finger or other objects. However, it does not always involve physical contact and may instead include talking to a child in a sexually explicit way, sending sexual messages, exposing a sexual body part, forcing a child to watch sexual acts (including pornography) or having a child pose or perform in a sexual manner (including child sexual exploitation). Any child can be a victim of child sexual abuse, but i

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