Reserve and Youth Division has launched a youth safety video – ‘Youth safety matters to us all’.
This video has been developed to increase awareness of the Defence Youth Safety Framework by all Defence members, Defence contractors and Defence grantees - because there is a fundamental requirement to ensure the safety of all children who participate in Defence programs.
The video promotes development of a ‘youth safe’ culture, which is founded on all members of the Defence organisation taking conscientious steps to uphold the safety and wellbeing of young people who interact with adults within Defence and the ADF Cadets program.
The Youth Policy Manual (YOUTHPOLMAN) Part 1 has undergone a significant review to meet the requirements of and align its policies and procedures with the Commonwealth Child Safety Framework and National Principles for Child Safe Organisations. The revised policies describe enterprise and individual level obligations to safeguard the health, protection and wellbeing of youth when they engage with Defence.
For anyone engaging with youth on behalf of Defence, it's important to understand how this affects your role. See the fact sheet for key changes and new terminology: Fact Sheet
Defence Response to COVID-19
Following the successful recommencement of the Defence Work Experience Program and ADF Cadets in 2020, it was demonstrated that the necessary safety measures and controls are in place to enable these activities to be conducted in a COVID-safe manner.
A body of work has been completed to ensure that future placements are planned with participant and Defence personnel safety in mind. As a result, a controlled recommencement and resumption of these activities has commenced ensuring all hygiene and social distancing standards are met. The changing requirements and guidelines for each state and territory are being closely monitored to ensure these activities are being conducted in a COVID-safe environment.
For more information on Defence's response to COVID-19 visit the Defence COVID-19 website.