Sun exposure in childhood and adolescence greatly increases the chances of developing skin cancer later in life.
The SunSmart Schools program aims to minimise student and staff exposure to UV from the sun at school and during school-associated activities.
Check our SunSmart Schools listing to find out if your school is a current SunSmart School. If your membership is close to expiry (or has already expired) please renew your membership.
What is a SunSmart School?
All Western Australian primary schools are encouraged to join the nationally recognised SunSmart Schools program, which was launched in 1998. A SunSmart School is a school that has registered with Cancer Council WA and has a comprehensive sun protection policy that is put into action during all outdoor school activities. This policy must meet the criteria developed by Cancer Council WA.
Why become a SunSmart School?
Schools, in partnership with families and their communities, have an important role in reducing sun exposure because:
- Schools have a duty of care to protect students and staff from harm. A sun protection policy can assist schools to meet this obligation.
- The crucial period for sustaining damage from sun exposure occurs during the school years.
- Children are at school during peak UV radiation times.
- Schools can influence sun protection behaviours through education.
- Sun protection policies can be included in existing health policies.
The SunSmart Schools program is free to join. If your school becomes a SunSmart School, Cancer Council WA provides you with the following free resources:
- a SunSmart sign
- curriculum and supporting classroom resources
- advice on health promotion strategies including policy development
- access to educational resources
- SunSmart lesson guides and activities
- SunSmart talks to parents, staff and students.