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Professional experience placements in SA government schools, preschools and centres

As a support to undergraduate and post graduate students many South Australian government schools, preschools and early childhood centres offer a number of workplace experiences that include:

  • practicums
  • observations
  • work shadowing
  • professional experiences
  • clinical placements.

There are conditions associated with these placements that must be met including:

  • relevant history screening requirements
  • child protection training requirements.

It is also important that all parties involved in workplace experiences are aware of any policies, procedures and requirements for each type of placement prior to attending the site.

Relevant history screening requirements

The following are required to have a relevant history screening clearance if placed in centres, schools and preschools to complete or support the workplace experience:

  • undergraduate and postgraduate students (including international students)
  • pre-service teachers
  • university placement/liaison officer.

The clearance must be current for the duration of any centre, school or preschool placement and presented to the site leader (or delegate) before any placement can begin.

A clearance must be obtained from DCSI every 3 years – follow-up screening applications after 3 years are the responsibility of the tertiary student and supervisor.

Getting a clearance

See the DCSI relevant history screening clearance page to get your clearance.

Child protection training requirements

All undergraduate tertiary students seeking a professional experience placement in schools and preschools are expected to provide evidence (in the form of a certificate) that they have completed the following training and requirements.

Some universities will offer their students a lecture called ‘promoting safety and wellbeing: induction for tertiary students working with children and young people in education and care sites’.

If the university does not offer this lecture, they will have to complete the Responding To Abuse And Neglect – education and care training session.

Student requirements

To meet child protection requirements, students must:

  • attend a promoting safety and wellbeing lecture at their university
  • attended a follow up workshop for discussion and debrief
  • complete the promoting safety and wellbeing induction quiz with 100% accuracy.

Postgraduate students

Postgraduate students must complete a full day, face-to-face responding to abuse and neglect – education and care (RAN-EC) training session.

Students can speak to their university about accessing the training, or visit the RAN-EC approved training organisations to book an upcoming session.

University resources


Each university should create and provide a certificate which:

  • includes the university name logo and contact details
  • names the lecture and expiry date (as per the lecture version and end date)
  • states that the participant has attended a follow up lecture and completed the quiz with 100% accuracy.

The certificate gained for this training will only be current for the period indicated on the lecture resource as the resource is reviewed every three years.

Contact Child and Student Wellbeing on 8226 2167 for an example certificate.

Promoting safety and wellbeing lecture resources

Use the following resources when delivering the ‘promoting safety and wellbeing’ induction lecture.

Contact Child and Student Wellbeing on 8226 2167 for the lecture presenter notes.

Supervising teachers and supervision allowance

SA government school and preschool teachers who are supervising pre-service teachers on their professional experience placements can find more information on the DECD Intranet (staff login required).

Contact Leadership and Development for information about supervision allowances.


Leadership and Development

Phone: 8226 2629
EmailDECD.StandardsCertification [at] sa.gov.au