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Alcohol Education: At school and at home.

Teaching young people about alcohol, and the associated risks is an important part of enabling them to make informed healthy choices.

With regularly drinking often considered a normal part of the Australian culture, education by schools and by parents at home can affect their child’s choices about alcohol in the future. 

Evidence shows what parents do, how they communicate their expectations and whether they supply alcohol can have a major impact on their children’s views around safe drinking.

Over the past two decades, alcohol has become more readily available, with greater product varieties and in more places than ever before. Alcohol is now promoted more prolifically, especially with the introduction of social media, and is cheaper and more affordable than ever before.

Experts report that even with responsible drinking by adults, the message sent to young people through exposure to alcohol use is that alcohol is an important, necessary part of everyday life.

This cultural ease around alcohol can encourage young people to drink, drink at an earlier age and to want to be part of the drinking culture they see around them, which in many instances is one of harmful drinking.

Parents are encouraged to have honest conversations with their children about the short term and long terms risks associated with drinking alcohol to ensure they make the healthiest decisions about alcohol.

For more information, visit the Alcohol Think Again website

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Overnight camps & Working With Children Checks


Lately, the WACSSO office has been receiving a lot of queries about Woking With Children Checks and overnight camps. Essentially, affiliates have been chasing clarity over who needs a WWC Check when conducting an overnight camp. 

Well, here is an up-to-date answer to that question:

The Department of Education’s position (based on advice from DCPFS) is that parent volunteers on overnight camps require a WWC Check if they are in a job or supervisory role, and not if they are a participant in the camp. 

If the camp is to be held on school grounds, it is considered to be a school sanctioned event and it is expected that the school will provide adequate supervision to ensure the safety of students attending the camp. 

It is a Principals decision on whether to proceed with the camp on school grounds only if they can ensure that the students will be safe. However, they should take into account that if an incident were to occur the liability is likely to lie with the Department and not with the group running the camp.

For more information about why parents are exempt from obtaining a WWC Check in some situations, please refer to the Department for Child Protection and Family Support's Factsheet 4: The Parent Volunteer Exemption.