Defence Youth Safety Framework
Defence Youth Safety Framework
Defence Youth Safety Framework
Message from the Commander Australian Defence Force Cadets
Youth Safety Framework Update
14 Dec 2017 duration 03:35
The Defence Youth Safety Framework was launched in December 2015. The goal of the Defence Youth Safety Framework (DYSF) is the creation and maintenance of a youth safe organisation through the adoption of appropriate and consistent approaches to youth safety and youth safety governance.
The Defence Youth Safety Framework Overview outlines the Defence approach to youth safety and each of the youth safety risk management actions Defence considers fundamental to achieving a youth safety environment.
The Framework is being developed in Phases. The Defence Youth Safety Framework on a Page captures each of the Framework’s key components. It also allows easy identification of Phase 3 development action. Phase 3 is focused on the delivery all remaining aspects of the Defence Youth Safety Training Continuum, initial roll out of the Defence Youth Safety Assurance Program and consolidation of youth safety governance. Phase 3 was completed in September 2017.
The Defence Youth Safety Framework comprises:
A suite of policies published in YOUTHPOLMAN Pt 1.
- Defence youth safety risk management guidance that sets out how Defence will assess and manage risk generally and in each of the four contexts in which Defence undertakes activities:
- service of ADF members and employment of APS personnel under the age of 18;
- Defence Youth Programs;
- ADF Cadets; and
- engagement by ADF personnel on domestic operations.
- Details of the youth safety actions common to all contexts and the foundation for context specific youth safety decision making.
- A collection of resources for use in implementing youth safety leading practice.
Defence does not tolerate abuse or neglect of children and is committed to taking all reasonably practicable steps to ensure the safety and wellbeing of youth with whom it comes into contact through the development of a youth safety culture and the promotion of individual and collective responsibility for youth safety.
Taking into account the unique context of ADF activities, Defence will:
- manage youth safety risks appropriate to the Defence context;
- require all ADF members, APS employees, volunteers including members of the ADF Cadets, and contractors to demonstrate their commitment to youth safety through their agreement to undertake their duties in accordance with the appropriate Defence or ADFC youth safety code of conduct;
- complete appropriate suitability screening for all adults working with youth in the Defence environment;
- require all ADF members, APS employees, volunteers including members of the ADF Cadets, and contractors to complete appropriate youth safety education and training;
- engage proactively with parents, guardians, specified next of kin and other agencies involved in the protection of young people;
- develop and implement a clear process for reporting and responding to disclosures, suspicions and allegations of abuse or neglect in accordance with state and territory legislation;
- develop and implement processes to identify and address breaches of the DYSF;
- maintain compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolutions related to children and armed conflict; and
- undertake regular review of the youth safety framework to ensure it remains current and reflects emerging requirements and leading practice.
The DYSF is underpinned by ten principles derived from the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations:
- Child safety and wellbeing is embedded in organisational leadership, governance and culture.
- Children and young people are informed about their rights, participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously.
- Families and communities are informed and involved in promoting child safety and wellbeing.
- Equity is upheld and diverse needs respected in policy and practice.
- People working with children and young people are suitable and supported to reflect child safety and wellbeing values in practice.
- Processes to respond to complaints and concerns are child focused.
- Staff and volunteers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children and young people safe through ongoing education and training.
- Physical and online environments promote safety and wellbeing while minimising the opportunity for children and young people to be harmed.
- Implementation of the national child safe principles is regularly reviewed and improved.
- Policies and procedures document how the organisation is safe for children and young people.
Youth policy is contained in the Defence Youth Policy Manual (YOUTHPOLMAN). The Defence youth safety policy suite includes:
- The Defence Youth Safety Commitment Statement which articulates the Defence commitment to promoting wellbeing of youth and protecting young people from abuse through a focus on preventing, identifying and treating youth safety risks.
- Defence Youth Safety Governance which outlines how the framework is implemented, monitored and assessed for its impact on youth safety outcomes over time. The governance policy includes the vision for Defence Youth Safety, the purpose, youth safety principles in action and details of specific governance action.
- Defence Youth Safety Risk Management which details the approach, roles and responsibilities for managing risks associated with youth safety.
- Defence Youth Safety Incident Management which details the actions required to ensure all incidents affecting young people are managed effectively and consistently from initial response and reporting action, through to closure and acting on lessons learned.
- Defence Youth Safety – Use of Social Media which focuses on safe social networking and the safe use of social media;
- Defence Youth Safety – Relationships which provides guidance on age of consent, special care provisions and non-attribution of blame.
Take a look at
Youth Safety - Training Packages
Please Note: The Defence Youth Safety Level 6 training avaliable from the CadetNet e-learning module.
Youth Safety - Videos
VCDF Cadets Youth Safety Forum Message
duration 08:56 26 Jul 2017
The Defence Youth Safety Level 6 training has been released on CadetNet e-learning. The training includes two distinct packages designed to provide the minimum level of training to ensure young people are aware of their rights, responsibilities and behavioral expectations under the Defence Youth Safety Framework. There is one package for under 18s and one for 18-25 year olds.
Youth Safety Level - 6 Young Adult (18-25 yrs)
duration 01:37 Jul 2017
Youth Safety Level - 6 Youth (under 18)
duration 01:25 26 Jul 2017