The participation of young people in Australian society is fundamental to our future as a nation. Working for and with young people is crucial to the nation’s economic and social wellbeing.
Engagement with youth brings important responsibilities, including the obligation to ensure that youth safety and wellbeing is paramount. The Young Endeavour Program is committed to providing a safe, challenging, high quality and contemporary youth development program in metropolitan and regional areas around Australia.
The Young Endeavour Program is delivered in a coordinated, coherent and well governed manner to maximise outcomes for both participants and the Commonwealth, and to ensure the effective use of resources. The Australian Government’s important commitments to Human Rights in the delivery of youth activities are maintained; youth activities are inclusive, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and, to the greatest extent possible, disability; and the program aligns with leading practice youth development principles.
The Young Endeavour Program is delivered in accordance with Navy and Defence policy and procedural guidance, risk management strategies and operational standards. STS Young Endeavour is maintained to both Royal Australian Navy and Lloyds standards for for design, construction and lifetime maintenance, and staff are trained to ensure the highest standards of safety and care on board the vessel. The safety and well being of all youth participating in the Young Endeavour Program is given the highest priority.
Young Endeavour Staff Crew complete suitability screenings, including Working With Children Checks, and relevant youth safety education and training prior to commencing their posting to STS Young Endeavour, and are required to demonstrate their commitment to youth safety by undertaking their duties in accordance with the youth safety code of conduct.
The Young Endeavour Program is committed to taking all reasonably practicable steps to ensure the safety and well-being of youth with whom it comes into contact through the development of a youth safe culture and the promotion of both individual and collective responsibility for youth safety.
For more information on the Defence Youth Safety Framework and Policy, to which the Young Endeavour Program subscribes, visit http://www.defenceyouth.gov.au/youth-safety/.