A number of the department’s policy documents, including policies, procedures, guidelines, standards and frameworks, are accessible via this page.
If you are unable to find a particular policy document using this search, please contact the Central Policy Unit.
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This procedure provides the necessary information to ensure that research conducted in DECD sites is planned for and conducted in accordance with departmental policy and other relevant guidelines for the ethical conduct of research.
This procedure applies when media and creative work of students, children and adults is distributed via publicly accessible websites, secure intranets, print or social media and promotional material or publications.
This policy articulates the Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) complaints management and resolution system, and specifies how customer complaints about DECD's service provision in education, early childhood, care and family support settings will be managed.
This procedure articulates the steps that will be undertaken to manage and resolve complaints received by the department across its sites, and the local and central levels of complaints management.
The contract management procedure assists worksites to manage contracts effectively and efficiently following the contract execution process.
This procedure provides information to schools and service providers for compliance with the Deed of Agreement and DECD policies around child protection and procurement. It also lists the process which must be followed for procuring services from the approved panel of providers.
Preventing harm to children when they are in the care of community services organisations, or involved with their services and programs is part of a broader vision of optimising children's wellbeing and development. The overarching aim of this framework is to provide a more comprehensive and cohesive national approach to strengthening the capacity of organisations and systems to increase child safety.
Creating safe environments for children National Framework: Schedule 1 - guidelines for building the capacity of child-safe organisations
A Schedule for building the capacity of organisations to maintain child-safe environments is part of a developmental process which effectively links with a commitment to quality improvement. This means that organisations can remain engaged with these guidelines rather than view child safety as a set of expectations to be met once and forever.
Creating safe environments for children National Framework: Schedule 2 - an evidence based guide for risk assessment and decision-making when undertaking background checking
Background checking and risk assessment during the recruitment of employees and volunteers is one important measure within the suite of policies and practices for developing a child-safe organisation. This schedule is part of the Creating Safe Environments for Children National Framework.
Creating safe environments for children National Framework: Schedule 3 - guidelines for information sharing across jurisdictions
In the context of the Creating Safe Environments for Children National Framework the purpose of information sharing across state and territory borders is to inform assessment and decision-making during the recruitment of employees and volunteers in child-related areas.
Operational Policy and Across Government Projects unit
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Email: DECDPolicy [at] sa.gov.au