The training is compulsory and is designed to help us all understand how to better safeguard kids in Tasmania.

If you are a DECYP employee, volunteer or external service provider for the department, you must complete this training.

You will learn what to do if you believe a child or young person is being harmed and make sure you are doing all you can to prevent this from happening. You will also learn what your reporting requirements are.

Training must be done as soon as possible, and you will need to complete it before you work with any children and young people this year. 

Make sure you download and save your certificate to verify you have completed your training.  

Safeguarding Training FAQs

Who is required to complete the Safeguarding Training?

All Department for Education, Children and Young People (DECYP) workers (employees, relief staff, external support providers, and volunteers) are required to complete Safeguarding Training each year.

How do external service providers and volunteers access the Safeguarding Training in 2024?

Volunteers and service providers will be able to access the new Safeguarding Training module at https://decyp-safeguarding.mygo1.com/signup/email

When do DECYP workers need to complete the training by?

All DECYP staff must complete the training as soon as possible and before the end of February.

All volunteers and external providers must complete the training before working with any children or young people.

If a worker starts work/volunteering duties later in the year, they will be required to complete the training prior to working with children and young people.

How do volunteers and external service providers prove they have done the training?

A certificate of completion will automatically be generated at the end of the training video. This can be saved to prove the training has been completed.

Is a Registration to Work with Vulnerable People card still required if I have completed the Safeguarding Training module?

Yes. Anyone working with children and young people is required to hold a valid Registration to Work with Vulnerable People card unless they fall under any of the relevant exceptions. Please refer to the Registration to Work with Vulnerable People Policy for further information.

Are University Placement Students required to complete the Safeguarding Training?

Yes. All university placement students are required to complete the Safeguarding Training before starting their placement.

Who is responsible for making sure all workers complete the Safeguarding Training?

All managers/principals are responsible for ensuring that their staff, external support providers, and volunteers have completed the training. We suggest that the manager/principal retain a copy of everyone’s certificates of completion.

What do I do if I am not able to generate my completion certificate at the end of the module?

If you are not able to download your certificate when you’ve completed the training, please contact the Office of Safeguarding Children and Young People at safeguarding@decyp.tas.gov.au. 

Is this the only training employees, relief staff, external service providers, and volunteers are required to complete?

The Safeguarding Training must be completed by volunteers and service providers. However, if relief staff have access to a Department of Education, Children and Young People email, then they must complete both staff modules (Mandatory Reporting and Child Sexual Abuse Awareness).

Are contractors such as electricians or plumbers required to complete the training?

Contractors such as electricians or plumbers (specifically trades persons) are not required to complete the training providing they are not working unsupervised amongst children and young people or working one-on-one with a child or young person.

When does the training certificate expire?

Your Safeguarding Training certificates will expire on 31 December of the year you completed the training. For example, if the training is completed on 31 March 2024 it will expire on 31 December 2024.  

How frequently do external service providers, volunteers and staff need to complete the training?

Everyone will need to complete the training each year. This training must be completed at the beginning of each year. All DECYP staff must complete the training as soon as possible, and by the end of February. In addition to the training, all DECYP employees should hold a valid RWVP card.

External Support Providers (ESP) and volunteers will be required to complete the training and hold a valid RWVP card before working with children and young people. If an employee, ESP, or volunteer starts later in the year, they must be given time to complete the training before working with children and young people.

Do bus drivers need to complete the training?

Bus drivers who are contracted to the school, or where the bus is owned by the school, should undertake the training if they interact with students.

In determining whether a contracted driver should undertake the training, that should be considered as part of the excursion risk assessment.  For example, if a trip is fully supervised, with no breaks and the driver is not with the students on their own – they would not need to complete the training. 

If it’s a longer trip, with breaks, and the driver has more opportunities to interact with the students – they would need to complete the training.

As part of the Child and Youth Safe Organisations Framework, organisations who work with children will be required to undertake training, however they will do that through that organisation.  State Growth will be working with their contractors through this coming year.

What is the age requirement for someone to hold an RWVP and complete the Safeguarding Training?

Anyone that is 16 years of age or over and fits the requirements outlined on the Consumer, Building and Occupational Services websitehttps://cbos.tas.gov.au/topics/licensing-and-registration/work-with-vulnerable-people/do-i-need-to-register will need to hold a valid RWVP card before being allowed to be on a school site as an external service provider or volunteer.

In relation to the Safeguarding Training, anyone who is participating in roles that fit the description of a “worker” (e.g school-based trainees) , must compete the training video and obtain a certificate. However, should they be required to make a report, this should be done with the assistance of their Principal/Manager.

Who is responsible for tracking which staff, external service providers, and volunteers have completed the relevant Safeguarding Training modules?

It is the responsibility of the Principal/Manager to track the completion status of all of their staff. Many schools/business units will keep a database of staff, external service providers, and volunteers that have completed the relevant training modules.

Are canteen volunteers required to complete the Safeguarding Training?

Yes, canteen volunteers are required to complete the Safeguarding Training.

What do I do if require additional support to complete the training?

If you require any form of additional support to assist you with completing the training, please contact your Principal/Manager, or the Office of Safeguarding Children and Young People. 

Do work placement students need to complete the training?

Yes, work placement students and school-based trainees are required to complete the Safeguarding Training video before working with our children and young people.

Do parents/guardians attending Launching into Learning (LiL) sessions in a school site with their child/children need to complete the volunteer training?

Parents and guardians attending a LiL session with their child/children are not required to complete the volunteer training.

How do external service providers and volunteers get their password reset or additional assistance with the Go1 accounts for the safeguarding training?

If someone is not able to access their Go1 account (for the Safeguarding training video), they will need to contact safeguarding@decyp.tas.gov.ausafeguarding@decyp.tas.gov.au and ask that their account be reset.

Do parents that are attending athletics carnivals (or similar) need to complete the training video?

No, parents that are attending carnivals to watch their child/ren participate do not need to complete the training video. If the parents will be volunteering in any capacity, they will be required to complete the training video prior to the event.

What other training certificates will DECYP accept?

The only other training that DECYP recognise is the Tasmanian Department of Health Training (DOH). If any external service providers or volunteers have completed the DOH training and can provide their completion certificate, they are not required to complete the Safeguarding Training video, however, we do encourage them to watch the Safeguarding Training.

How do external service providers or volunteers that do not have access to a device complete the training?

If there are any external service providers or volunteers that do not have access to a device to complete the Safeguarding Training video they can attend the DECYP site they will be working/volunteering at and use a department device to complete the training. We suggest they arrive 15-20 minutes earlier than their set start time if they wish to do the training on a department device to allow time to log in.

Can people be exempt from the Safeguarding Training?

If a worker is unable to complete the training, for example they would find it might cause additional trauma, they can speak to their Principal/Manager who will contact safeguarding@decyp.tas.gov.ausafeguarding@decyp.tas.gov.au to request an exemption for this staff member. If an employee does not feel comfortable speaking to their Principal/Manager about the situation, they are welcome to contact Safeguarding directly.

Do people that come into schools to present to a group (e.g Assembly) need to complete the training?

If there is an individual/group/organisation etc attending a school to provide a presentation to students, and there is sufficient staff supervision, the presenters are not required to complete the training.

Do sporting organisations such as Cricket Tasmania, AFL or JackJumpers that are working with the students need to complete the training?

Where sporting organisations such as Cricket Tasmania, AFL or JackJumpers are working with the students (in a PE lesson or similar) they do not need to complete the training as they will be supervised by staff.