Information for parents

Young people can often feel under pressure as they progress from school to their first job.  Their new workplace is likely to be unfamiliar to them and they'll be placed in new situations and face new challenges .  Young people may also be keen to show their value to their new employer and to fit in and be accepted by their peers. While work provides them with job skills, independence and unique experiences that help them transition into adulthood, adolescents and young people (aged 15-24) are at greater risk of an injury than other age groups.

While your child and their employer each have responsibilities regarding safety, there are things you can do as a parent to help your child to stay safe in the workplace:

  • play an active role in your child's employment:
    • be aware of where they are working and what tasks they are doing at work
    • ask about their job responsibilities and tasks. Have they received training for the tasks they are being asked to do and who is supervising them?
    • find out about your child's employer and what your child's supervisor is like as a coach and mentor
    • know what protective gear (such as gloves, safety glasses or ear plugs) your child is being provided and if they are using it
  • ask about what changes are taking place at work and if they feel comfortable to take on what they are being asked to do
  • talk about the people at work, their personalities and behaviours, and their attitudes towards safety
  • encourage them to speak up about safety concerns to their supervisor or workmates
  • provide continued support by listening and talking about any problems or concerns they have.
  • if your child has concerns about safety at work, if they feel comfortable with you doing so, speak to their employer
  • encourage your child to report hazards to their employer, and if necessary with SafeWorkSA if a work environment seems unsafe
  • remind them that they have responsibilities to keep themselves and others safe at work.