Seacliff Community Recreation Association Incorporated

CHILD SAFE POLICY

1. Purpose

2. Context

3. Scope

4. Commitment to child safety (include risk management )

5. Children’s participation

6. Recruitment practices

7. Code of Conduct

8. Support for employees and volunteers

9. Reporting and responding to suspected child abuse and neglect

10. Strategies to minimise risk

11. Harassment/bullying

12. Communication

13. Related policies and procedures

14. SAMPLE Mandated Notification………………………………………………………………….

Approved by Board of Management of Seacliff Community Recreation Association Incorporated October 2010
Revised August 2014, November 2015, October 2017, October 2020

1. Purpose

This policy was written to demonstrate the strong commitment of the Seacliff Community Recreation Association Incorporated Board of Management as well as Member Groups, administrators, coaches, officials (umpires/referees/judges) and volunteers to child safety and establishing and maintaining child safe and child friendly environments.

2. Context

This policy reflects the Seacliff Community Recreation Association Incorporated commitment to provide a safe environment where every person has the right to be treated with respect and is safe and protected from abuse. (Seacliff Community Recreation Association Incorporated Constitution Section 4)

Seacliff Community Recreation Association Incorporated is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people who participate in our Member Groups activities or use our services. We support the rights of the child and will act at all times to ensure that a child safe environment is maintained. We also support the rights and wellbeing and acknowledge the valuable contribution of our staff, volunteers and members and encourage their active participation in building and a secure and safe environment for all participants.

Seacliff Community Recreation Association Incorporated has lodged a compliance statement with the Department for Education to acknowledge that we are aware of our obligations to create and maintain a child safe environment according to the requirements of the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 and the Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016.

3. Scope

This policy, from the date of endorsement, applies to all committee members, Member Groups, administrators, coaches, officials (umpires/referees/judges), volunteers, participants, parents and carers and other individuals involved in the organisation.

4. Commitment to child safety (include risk management )

All children who visit Seacliff Community Recreation Association Incorporated have a right to feel and be safe. We are committed to the safety and well-being of all children and young people accessing our services therefore the welfare of the children in our care will always be our first priority. We aim to create a child safe and child friendly environment where all children are valued and feel safe.

As a first point of contact to children, parents and volunteers for advice and support regarding the safety and well-being of children in our organisation, contact any Seacliff Community Recreation Association Incorporated Board of Management member or our appointed Child Safe Officer. Names and contact details are located on the Seacliff Community Recreation Association Incorporated Notice Board.

This policy was developed by the Seacliff Community Recreation Association Incorporated Board of Management in collaboration with all our committee members, Member Groups, administrators, coaches, volunteers, participants, parents and carers who use our services.

5. Children’s participation

Seacliff Community Recreation Association Incorporated encourages children to express their views, and make suggestions, especially on matters that directly affect children.

We actively encourage children who use our services to ‘have a say’ about those things that are important to them. We value diversity and do not tolerate any discriminatory practices. (Seacliff Community Recreation Association Incorporated Constitution Section 4-5)

We inform children what they can do if they feel unsafe. We listen to and act on any concerns children, or their parents raise with us.

6. Recruitment practices

Seacliff Community Recreation Association Incorporated takes all reasonable steps to ensure that it engages the most suitable and appropriate people to work with children. We employ a range of screening measures and apply best practice standards in the screening and recruitment of volunteers. We interview and conduct reference checks on all our committee members, Member Group administrators, coaches and volunteers.

7. Code of Conduct

All members are made aware of, and must abide by the committee members, Member Groups, administrators, coaches, volunteers Code of Conduct.

The Code of Conduct was developed by our Board of Management in collaboration with all our volunteers including leaders, coaches, administrators, Member Group committees and helpers, the children who use our services, their parents and guardians.

8. Support for employees and volunteers

Seacliff Community Recreation Association Incorporated seeks to attract and retain the best volunteers and employees by providing support, supervision and training so they feel valued, respected and fairly treated.

We ensure that our volunteers and employees who work with children have ongoing supervision, support and training so that their performance is developed and enhanced to promote the establishment and maintenance of a child safe environment.

9. Reporting and responding to suspected child abuse and neglect

Seacliff Community Recreation Association Incorporated will not tolerate incidents of child abuse.

All volunteers, employees and those working with children understand their obligation to notify the Child Abuse Report Line on 13 14 78 as soon as practicable if they have a reasonable suspicion that a child has been, or is being, abused or neglected by a member of their family.

We ensure that our volunteers and employees are aware of how to make appropriate reports of abuse or neglect by providing opportunities for volunteers and employees to attend an information session on mandatory reporting, through their relevant Member Group committees and on the Seacliff Community Recreation Association Incorporated Notice Board.

Volunteers and employees must also report to the Seacliff Community Recreation Association Incorporated Board of Management and the nominated Seacliff Community Recreation Association Incorporated Child Safe Officer any reasonable suspicion that a child has been, or is being, abused or neglected by another member, volunteer or employee.

Seacliff Community Recreation Association Incorporated may resolve to take any appropriate protective action necessary to keep the child and others safe. (Seacliff Community Recreation Association Incorporated will ensure it has policies and procedures in place to ensure that confidentiality and natural justice applies.)

10. Strategies to minimise risk

  • Transportation of athletes
  • Recruitment procedures – Criminal History Assessments, Member Protection Declarations & Statutory Declarations (if required)
  • Taking images/photographs of children
  • Child Safe Officer
  • Complaints procedures
  • Risk Management Strategies
  • Responsibilities of coaches, committees, parents & athletes
  • Procedure for breaches of policy
  • Training of coaches and other members
  • Protecting privacy and confidentiality
  • Procedures for dealing with situations where a member is being investigated for, or is charged with, a serious criminal offence
  • Equipment maintenance

11. Harassment/bullying

Seacliff Community Recreation Association Incorporated opposes all forms of harassment, discrimination and bullying. (Seacliff Community Recreation Association Incorporated Constitution Section 4-5).

We take this issue seriously and encourage anyone who believes that they, or another person, that has been harassed, discriminated against or bullied to raise this issue with a member of the Board of Management or our Child Safe Officer.

12. Communication

Seacliff Community Recreation Association Incorporated will ensure that everyone to whom this policy applies is aware of and has had an opportunity to read the policy.

A copy of the Seacliff Community Recreation Association Incorporated Child Safe Policy will be permanently on display on the Seacliff Community Recreation Association Incorporated Notice Board.

13. Related policies and procedures

Mandated Notification Attachment 1

Mandated Notification

Under section 31 of the Children and Young and People (Safety) Act 2017, certain people are obliged by law to notify the Child Abuse Report Line (CARL) if they suspect on reasonable grounds that a child/young person has been or is being, abused and/or neglected and the suspicion is formed in the course of the person’s work (whether paid or voluntary) or in carrying out official duties

The identity of any person making a report to the Department for Child Protection (‘the Department’) via CARL is protected by the Act

In South Australia, anyone under the age of 18 is classified as a “child or young person”

The person must notify the Child Abuse Report Line of the suspicion as soon as practicable after they form that suspicion

Please refer to the SCRA Child Safe Policy for further details

Child Abuse Report Line (CARL)
13 14 78