Defence Youth Safety Training - Keeping young people safe

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12 April 2017

Defence’s commitment to improving youth safety has taken another step forward with the launch of the next element of the new Youth Safety training continuum.

The training continuum is a key component of the Defence Youth Safety Framework, which has been established to enhance the safety of all young people participating in Defence programs.

Defence is investing in Youth Practitioners by building their capability in Youth Safety.

The training will equip those who routinely interact with young people under the age of 18 with the knowledge and skill required to respond appropriately to youth safety risks, youth safety incidents and allegations of abuse.

The new Level 2 practitioner training builds upon the Level 1 package released last year.

Defence personnel participating in this training include those involved in work experience and youth engagement activities, as well as staff interacting with young people in new-entry training establishments. In the ADF Cadets program, this training will also be delivered to officers and instructors of cadets, and adult volunteers.

Head, Reserve and Youth Division and Commander ADF Cadets, Rear Admiral Bruce Kafer said Defence was dedicated to empowering young people and keeping them safe.

“This training is focussed on ensuring adults who interact with young people under the age of 18 as part of their core role, understand what it takes for Defence to be a youth safe organisation and can apply the youth safe practices appropriate to the situation and environment,” Rear Admiral  Kafer said.

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