SunSmart provides evidence-informed guidelines that address sun protective behaviours, environments and learning to minimise UV exposure and skin cancer risk. Early childhood services and schools can use our SunSmart templates to develop a sun protection policy which supports children and students to build life-long SunSmart habits.
What is a SunSmart policy?
A SunSmart early childhood or school policy provides clear, evidence-informed recommendations and guidelines that address sun protective behaviours, environments and learning to minimise UV exposure and skin cancer risk that can be used in an early childhood or school setting.
SunSmart encourages early childhood services and schools to involve staff, students (in schools) and families in the development and ongoing review and updates of their sun protection policy. This way, the policy can be tailored and will reflect the service’s or school’s own community, which will help increase engagement with sun protection. The policy should be readily available so everyone can ensure they have a good understanding of how this important health issue is being addressed.
Please copy the SunSmart policies or use them to guide the development of your own sun protection policy.
Watch our case study on the secondary school who involved students to champion sun protection changes
Camperdown College, located in the Western Victorian region, was inspired to be a force of change for their students and school community by developing and implementing a sun protection policy. Following this, they’ve now became a SunSmart member in 2020 to further support students to build SunSmart habits.
Camperdown College accessed the free SunSmart school policy template and available resources and to help develop their sun protection policy.
Their primary and secondary campuses now have a sun protection policy that meets the SunSmart recommendations and guidelines to reduce UV exposure and skin cancer risk for all students and staff.
Their sun protection policy is owned by the entire Camperdown College school community. Students and staff have a role in its implementation and ongoing success with messages to both students and staff on how to maintain their SunSmart behaviours.
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Please note: Some people (such as transplant recipient patients, people with compromised immune systems and genetic skin cancer risk) are at high risk of skin cancer and may require additional sun protection and early detection strategies specific to their health needs. Please consult your doctor for specific health advice.