Safeguarding Children and Young People

The safety and wellbeing of children and young people in our care underpins all aspects of our work.  We commit to the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations. We will continue to refer to these as we develop and refine our policies and practices.  We will make our systems, policies, processes and procedures stronger, and build a culture where child safety is everybody’s responsibility.

To lead this work, the Department has established the Office of Safeguarding Children and Young people.  The establishment of this Office recognises the importance of the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people in our care.  It builds on the holistic approach we already take to protect the wellbeing of our children and students.

Working Together – supporting early learning

Working Together offers free early learning and support to eligible children and their families in the year before Kindergarten.

It is delivered in partnership with selected Early Childhood Education and Care services across Tasmania.

Attending education and care in the early years sets a child up for a great start in life and a healthy future.

Strong Partnerships

The Department of Education (DoE) and Education and Care (E&C) community work in partnership. We work together to help ensure best outcomes for Tasmania’s children and families.

Children and families are at the heart of our work. The Strong Partnerships Framework shows how DoE and the E&C community work together. The Framework provides tools and resources, across seven domains. It supports both services, whether co-located or not, to work in stronger partnerships.

Through our partnership we contribute to the shared vision for Tasmanian children.

Tasmania’s Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy It takes a Tasmanian Village 2021 (PDF, 11MB)

This website will support DoE and E&C services to build and maintain Strong Partnerships. The website will be a dynamic resource, undergoing ongoing review and development.

Years 9 to 12 Project 

The Years 9 to 12 Project was established as a result of the 2016 Review of Years 9 to 12 Tasmania by the Australian Council for Educational Research which outlined a range of opportunities and recommendations to improve attendance, retention and attainment outcomes for students in Tasmania.

The purpose of the Years 9 to 12 Project is to enable all students to achieve their potential through Years 9 to 12 and beyond in further study, training and employment, and is a joint initiative of Catholic Education Tasmania, Independent Schools Tasmania, the Department of Education, TasTAFE, the University of Tasmania, Skills Tasmania and the Office of Tasmanian Assessment, Standards and Certification.

Education Workforce Roundtable

The Minister’s Education Workforce Roundtable is a group of education leaders committed to taking action to deliver a quality education workforce for Tasmania. The Roundtable’s endeavours are a bold, new, and innovative approach in collaboration across the education sector, demonstrating passion for improving education quality and learning outcomes for all Tasmanians.

Child and Student Wellbeing Strategy

Children and young people who feel safe, connected and secure are more likely to engage in their learning. A strong sense of wellbeing enables learners to explore, experiment and engage actively in their learning environment with the confidence to take advantage of new opportunities. In 2018 the Child and Student Wellbeing Strategy was launched. The Strategy supports our wellbeing goal under the Department’s Strategic Plan.

Tasmanian Agricultural Framework 

The Tasmanian Agricultural Education Framework – Grow, Make, Protect (PDF, 935KB) has been developed to provide an overview of agricultural education in Tasmanian schools from Kindergarten to Year 12. This work has been a collaboration between DPIPWE, DoE and the Hagley Farm School: Centre for Agricultural Education.

Years 11 and 12 Extension Schools

This initiative is providing more choice to students undertaking Years 11 and 12 at their local high school. The State Government is also breaking down the perception that education finishes in Year 10 and building the ambition for even more Tasmanian students to want to complete Year 12.

Respectful Relationships Education

The Tasmanian Department of Education maintains a whole-of-system, research based approach to developing and maintaining respectful relationships education. An essential element of the Tasmanian Government’s Safe Homes, Safe Families Action Plan has been the development of an extensive range of resources targeted at supporting schools, communities and individuals to understand why family violence occurs and how to reduce the occurrence of it.

At the centre of this initiative will be an online and publicly available resource identifying strategies, processes and skills to guide schools and communities in the explicit teaching of respectful relationships. The resources are designed to support school communities model positive environments and appropriate behaviours in which individuals know, understand and engage in equitable and respectful relationships.

Respectful Relationships Education ensures that all Tasmanian communities value a culture of respect.

Aboriginal Education Curriculum Resources

As part of the Tasmanian Government’s Resetting the Relationship with the Aboriginal community in Tasmania agenda, the Department of Education has taken the lead on Priority Two: Introduce a focus on Tasmanian Aboriginal History and Culture into the delivery of the Australian Curriculum.

A number of professional learning videos with accompanying learning tasks are now available to schools from the Aboriginal Education Services page.

The purpose of this priority is to raise awareness and improve understanding of Tasmanian Aboriginal histories and cultures in schools and to raise aspirations for levels of attainment and further education for Aboriginal students.

Student Voice Project

Evidence shows that capturing student voice* in schools has many benefits:

  • leads to improved student wellbeing
  • drives student engagement
  • can create positive change in classrooms and schools
  • encourages students to have a say about local, national and world issues that affect them.

When we take time to listen, students’ aspirations can drive exciting new goals for our schools and our system.
When students know we are listening to them:
it improves their self-worth

  • they engage meaningfully in their own academic success
  • they take more interest in their learning. ​

In 2021 the Department developed a guide to help teachers and staff to improve their approach to facilitating student voice and empowering learner agency. As part of the Department’s wider approach to school improvement it has a consistent, coherent focus aligned with several global, national and local frameworks focused on children and young people:

  • empowerment
  • agency
  • participation
  • engagement.

The guide includes examples of when students have shared their ideas about their learning.

The online is a helpful resource of best practice for staff to use, to encourage and capture student voice.

* The word ‘voice’ refers to all forms of communication and communication supports.