Services are ideally placed to play a leading role in the reduction of future skin cancer rates because:
• significant UV exposure occurs during childhood and adolescence
• for many months of the year, sun protection behaviour is still required after school hours when the UV is above 3
• services can create sun-safe environments and influence sun protection behaviours through education and role modelling.
SunSmart CCNSW and Network of Community Activities have partnered to promote best practice sun protection policy and practices in the Out of School Hours sector in NSW.
Executive Officer of Network of Community Activities, Robyn Monro Miller says:
“Network of Community Activities is delighted to be partnering with Cancer Council NSW to deliver a SunSmart policy to all our Out of School Hours services. A key part of this policy is enabling children to take leadership roles in managing sun protection, giving them knowledge and initiatives to last a lifetime.”
Each service is responsible for developing, putting into action and regularly reviewing the approved SunSmart policy for Out of School Hours.
The SunSmart policy ensures services are addressing 10 key areas of sun protection:
• Scheduling outdoor activities outside of peak UV times
• Using shade
• Wearing sun-safe hats
• Wearing sun-safe clothing
• Using at least SPF 30+ broad-spectrum water-resistant sunscreen
• Role modelling by teachers and staff
• Wearing sunglasses
• Teaching about sun protection
• Providing information to the school community
• Reviewing your school’s sun protection policy every three years.
For policy support or advice, you can also contact SunSmart.
SunSmart membership is valid for three years. You can check your current SunSmart status and renew here. All services must have a current sun protection policy.