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The department's policy on child protection is outlined in the child protection in schools, early childhood education and care policy (PDF 181KB).
The department has an agreement with the non-government schooling sectors to jointly develop child protection related policies.
The protective practices for staff in their interactions with children and young people are for staff and volunteers. The guidelines are how we create positive, caring and respectful relationships with children and young people.
Staff who need to share information between agencies should be familiar with the information sharing guidelines.
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.
The suicide postvention guideline (PDF 725KB) is designed to assist schools in responding to a traumatic incident, such as a suicide death or attempted or suspected suicide within their student community, a process known as postvention.
It aims to support communities in grief and to guide schools in recognising and responding to the risk of suicide contagion.
Sections A to E of the guideline must be read in sequence and in their entirety. It is not a document that can be used partially. Sample letters and handouts for use with parents, staff and students are provided below as well as in sections F and G of the guideline:
- Postvention checklist (Word 134KB)
- Parent letter template (Word 76KB)
- Parent letter attachment (Word 77KB)
- Social work incident support service (SWISS) helpline - 8314 4100
Department staff can access additional information by logging onto the staff intranet.
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