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Child protection policies and guidelines

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The department's policy on child protection is outlined in the safeguarding children and young people policy (PDF 818KB).

The department has an agreement with the non-government schooling sectors to jointly develop child protection related policies.

Protective practices for education and care staff and volunteers

The protective practices for education and care staff and volunteers guidelines are how we create positive, caring and respectful relationships with children and young people.

Information sharing guidelines

Staff who need to share information between agencies should be familiar with the information sharing guidelines.

Managing allegations of sexual misconduct

Managing allegations of sexual misconduct in SA education and care settings (PDF 490KB) provides site leaders with practical guidelines about handling sexual misconduct allegations appropriately and effectively.

The guidelines include:

  • the legislative framework surrounding mandatory notification and disclosure of identity
  • managing allegations
  • the importance of note taking
  • immediate action to take
  • further action to take
  • checklists and sample letters for parents.

Staff can also refer to the managing allegations introduction presentation (PDF 522KB) for more details.

Suicide response and postvention guidelines

The suicide response and postvention guidelines help staff support their school community when they respond to a student’s traumatic death. The student’s death might be a suspected suicide.

The guidelines are a checklist of the immediate and longer term steps site leaders and staff should take when responding to a traumatic death.

Any school can use the guidelines. This includes high school, primary school and preschool.

The guideline has been developed collaboratively by the Department for Education, Catholic Education South Australia and the Association of Independent Schools South Australia.

Engagement and Wellbeing

Email: education.engagementandwellbeing [at] sa.gov.au