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Safeguarding children and young people in VET

  • Safeguarding children and young people in VET

The South Australian Government is committed to safeguarding children and young people in VET.

The Skilled. Thriving. Connected. policy outlines SA Government’s commitment to supporting learners to achieve their goals, and also to working with partner organisations to focus on inclusive and safe work practices.

The ‘Safeguarding children and young people’ policies of the Department for Education and the Department of Human Services recognise that individuals, organisations and SA Government Departments have particular obligations to safeguard children and young people to protect their safety and well-being.

Organisational requirements

To give effect to these policies, Skills SA requires any organisation delivering funded activities under the Funded Activities Agreement (including approved subcontractors) to understand and comply with all legal obligations relating particularly to the safety and well-being of children and young people. Relevant legal obligations include the need to:

  • establish and maintain environments that are safe for children and young people, and
  • ensure that all persons with access to children and children’s records have valid Working with Children Checks.

Compliance monitoring

With respect to any organisations delivering funded activities to students under the age of 18, Skills SA will perform regular compliance monitoring to ensure that:

This policy does not diminish the responsibilities and obligations on staff and volunteers to safeguard all VET learners in departmental service settings, including those that may be over 18 with developmental vulnerabilities.