The Defence Youth Policy Manual, known as YOUTHPOLMAN is the primary source of youth policy guidance for Defence and Australian Defence Force Cadets (ADFC). First published in 2013 the manual has recently been redesigned and reduced to just two parts. Information pertaining to Defence Youth Programs can now be found as a series of Fact Sheets.
Part 1. The new Part 1 contains whole of Defence policy. The new Part 2 contains ADFC specific policies.
The first policies to be published in Part 1 are a series of youth safety policies, one policy per chapter, published in June 2016. Chapters include:
- Chapter 1 Authorisation and Glossary
- Chapter 2 Defence Youth Safety Commitment Statement
- Chapter 3 Defence Youth Safety Governance
- Chapter 4 Defence Youth Safety Risk Management
- Chapter 5 Defence Youth Safety Responding and Reporting
Part 2. Policies in Part 2 are being developed over time and will include a range of ADFC governance and administrative policies covering topics such as:
- ADFC Youth Safety
- ADFC Information and Communication Technology
- ADFC Management of Volunteers
- ADFC Expectations of Behaviour
- Management of ADFC Local Funds
- ADFC Issues Resolution
- ADFC Access to SeMPRO Services.
The ADFC Youth Safety Policy was published 14 Oct 16.
YOUTHPOLMAN content is developed through an iterative process informed by the Defence administrative policy framework. The policies in YOUTHPOLMAN are limited to statements of intent and require subordinate procedures or protocols to effect their implementation. The policies in YOUTHPOLMAN routinely:
- set direction, express standards, behaviours and expectations
- are a concept of stated position of intended outcomes and/or
- detail a statement of principle.
The youth safety policies in YOUTHPOLMAN Part 1 are enabled through a series of protocols called “Guides”. As each of the policies in part 2 is published it will be supported by similar Guides, Fact Sheets or Standard Operating Procedures. The guides that support implementation of the Defence Youth Safety policies include
- Defence youth safety risk management guide
- Defence youth safety code of conduct guide
- Defence youth safety suitability screening guide
- Defence youth safety incident management guide
- Defence youth safety training guide
YOUTHPOLMAN content development is led and coordinated by the Cadet, Reserve and Employer Support Division. Topic specific advice is provided by an appropriate subject matter expert and the content is refined through interaction with the relevant stakeholder groups before endorsement and publication.
The current policy schedule is focused on addressing each of the policy gaps identified during the recent Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse – Defence Case Study.
The development team can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org