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Child Protection Guidelines

 

A Child Safety Code of Conduct lists behaviours that are acceptable and those that are unacceptable. It provides a high-level statement of professional boundaries, ethical behaviour and acceptable and unacceptable relationships.

 

When individuals are clear about behavioural expectations, they are much more likely to act appropriately with each other and with children. When everyone is educated about the Code of Conduct and the reasons it is so important to uphold, the Club environment becomes much more transparent and people are accountable for their behaviour. Above all, a Child Safety Code of Conduct helps to protect children from harm. 

 

The Child Safety Code of Conduct set out below is designed to stand alone. It can also be incorporated in whole or part into broader Codes of Conduct that are developed within the Club, including other professional or occupational codes of conduct that regulate particular staff at the Club. The Code is made available to all staff, volunteers, families and children. 

 

Our Child Safety Code of Conduct

This Child Safety Code of Conduct outlines appropriate standards of behaviour for all adults towards children. The Code serves to protect children, reduce any opportunities for abuse or harm to occur, and promote child safety in the Club environment. It provides guidance on how to best support children and how to avoid or better manage difficult situations. Where a member breaches the Code, Sale Cricket Club may take disciplinary action and notify relevant authorities, including in the case of serious breaches, summary dismissal. The Club revises the Code annually.

 

Sale Cricket Club has the following expectations of behaviours and boundaries for all adults interacting with children within our Club. This includes all paid staff, Committee members, volunteers (direct and indirect), third party contractors, external providers and parents/carers.

DO:

 

  • Behave as a positive role model to children.
  • Promote the safety, welfare and wellbeing of children.
  • Be vigilant and proactive with regard to player safety and child protection issues. 
  • Provide age appropriate supervision for children.
  • Comply with guidelines published by the Club with respect to child protection.
  • Treat all children with respect.
  • Promote the safety, participation and empowerment of children with a disability.
  • Promote the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of linguistically and culturally diverse children.
  • Use positive and affirming language toward children.
  • Encourage children to ‘have a say’ and then listen to them with respect. 
  • Respect cultural, religious and political differences.
  • Help provide an open, safe and supportive environment for all children to interact, and socialise.
  • Intervene when children are engaging in inappropriate bullying behaviour towards others or acting in a humiliating or vilifying way.
  • Report any breaches of this Child Safety Code of Conduct. To the child protection officer and executive committee
  • Report concerns about child safety to the Club’s Child Protection Officer and ensure that your legal obligations to report allegations externally are met.
  • Where an allegation of child abuse is made, ensure as quickly as possible that the child involved is safe.
  • Call the Police on 000 if you have immediate concerns for a player's safety. 
  • Respect the privacy of children and their families and only disclose information to people who have a need to know.

    DO NOT:

  • Engage in any form of inappropriate behaviour towards children or expose children to such behaviour.
  • Use prejudice, oppressive behaviour or inappropriate language with children.
  • Express personal views on cultures, race or sexuality in the presence of children or discriminate against any player based on culture, race, ethnicity or disability.
  • Engage in open discussions of an adult nature in the presence of children.
  • Engage in any form of sexual conduct with a player including making sexually suggestive comments and sharing sexually suggestive material.
  • Engage in inappropriate or unnecessary physical conduct or behaviours including doing things of a personal nature that a player can do for themselves, such as toileting or changing clothes.
  • Engage in any form of physical violence towards a player including inappropriately rough physical play.
  • Use physical means or corporal punishment to discipline or control a player.
  • Engage in any form of behaviour that has the potential to cause a player serious emotional or psychological harm.
  • Develop ‘special’ relationships with children that could be seen as favouritism (for example, the offering of gifts or special treatment for specific children).
  • Engage in undisclosed private meetings with a player that is not your own child. 
  • Engage in inappropriate personal communications with a player through any medium, including any online contact or interactions with a player.
  • Take or publish (including online) photos, movies or recordings of a player without parental/carer consent.
  • Post online any information about a player that may identify them such as their: full name; age; e-mail address; telephone number; residence; club; or details of a club or group they may attend.
  • Ignore or disregard any suspected or disclosed child abuse.

 

Report any concerns

The Program also includes information for members of the Committee, staff and Direct Contact volunteers as to how to identify key risk indicators of child abuse and how to report child abuse concerns to the Club's nominated Child Protection Officer. 

 

It also contains detailed procedures with respect to the reporting of child abuse incidents to relevant authorities. 

 

Third party contractors, external providers, indirect contact volunteers, children, parents or other community members who have concerns that a child may be subject to abuse are asked to contact the Club’s Child Protection Officer.

Communications will be treated confidentially on a ‘need to know basis’. 

Whenever there are concerns that a child is in immediate danger, the Police should be contacted on 000.  

Child Protection and Safety Policy

1.1       Sale Cricket Club has developed the following Child Protection and Safety Policy.  This policy is an overarching document that provides key elements of our approach to protecting children from abuse.  It is designed to be communicated through our public website as well as through other mediums such as newsletters, our annual report and in induction and welcome packs for Committee members, staff and volunteers. 

 

Our Child Protection and Safety Policy

Statement of Commitment to Child Safety

2.1       Child abuse includes sexual offences, grooming, physical violence, serious emotional or psychological harm, serious neglect and a child’s exposure to family violence. Sale Cricket Club is committed to the protection of all children from all forms of child abuse and demonstrates this commitment through the implementation of a comprehensive Child Protection Program designed to keep children safe. 

 

At Sale Cricket Club we have zero tolerance approach to child abuse and are committed to acting in children’s best interests and keeping them safe from harm. The Club regards its child protection responsibilities with the utmost importance and as such, is committed to providing the necessary resources to ensure compliance with all relevant child protection laws and regulations and maintain a child safe culture. 

Child Safe Principles

2.2       The Club’s commitment to child safety is based on the following overarching principles that guide the development and regular review of our work systems, practices, policies and procedures to protect children from abuse. 

 

  1. All children have the right to be safe. 

     

  2. The welfare and best interests of the child are paramount.

     

  3. The views of the child and a child’s privacy must be respected.

     

  4. Clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children are established in our Child Safety Code of Conduct.

     

  5. The safety of children is dependent upon the existence of a child safe culture.

     

  6. Child safety awareness is promoted and openly discussed within our Club community.

     

  7. Procedures are in place to screen all staff, volunteers (both Direct Contact and non Direct Contact), third party contractors and external providers who have direct contact with children.
  8. Child safety and protection is everyone's responsibility.

     

  9. Child protection training is mandatory for all Committee members, staff and Direct Contact Volunteers.

     

  10. Procedures for responding to alleged or suspected incidents of child abuse are simple and accessible for all members of the Club.

     

  11. Children from culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds have the right to special care and support including those who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. 

     

  12. Children who have any kind of disability have the right to special care and support.

 

             

Objectives

2.3       This policy provides the framework for:

  • the development of work systems, practices, policies and procedures that promote child protection within the Club;
  • the creation of a positive and robust child protection culture;
  • the promotion and open discussion of child protection issues within the Club; and
  • complying with all laws, regulations and standards relevant to child protection in Victoria.

 

 

Child Protection Program

2.4       Sale Cricket Club is committed to the effective implementation of our Child Protection Program and ensuring that it is appropriately reviewed and updated. We adopt a risk management approach by identifying key risk indicators and assessing child safety risks based on a range of factors including the nature of our Club's activities, physical and online environments and the characteristics of the players. 

Our Child Protection Program relates to all aspects of protecting children from abuse and establishes work systems, practices, policies and procedures to protect children from abuse. It includes: 

  • clear information as to what constitutes child abuse and associated key risk indicators;
  • clear procedures for responding to and reporting allegations of child abuse;
  • strategies to support, encourage and enable staff, volunteers (direct and indirect), third party contractors, external providers, parents and children to understand, identify, discuss and report child protection matters;
  • procedures for recruiting and screening Committee members, staff and Direct Contact Volunteers;
  • pastoral care strategies designed to empower children and keep them safe;
  • policies with respect to cultural diversity and children with disabilities;
  • a child protection training program for all staff, committee members and Direct Contact volunteers to be supplied annually; 
  • information regarding the steps to take after a disclosure of abuse to protect, support and assist children; 
  • guidelines with respect to record keeping and confidentiality;
  • policies to ensure compliance with all relevant laws, regulations and standards (including the Victorian Child Safe Standards); and 
  • a system for continuous improvement and review.

 

As a part of Sale Cricket Club’s induction process, all staff and Direct Contact Volunteers and players that interact with children are required to complete an induction process, be aware of and understand the Club’s Child Safe Program, policy and code of conduct. 

 

All staff, Direct Contact Volunteers and Committee members are provided with additional, ongoing child protection training at least annually.

 

Staff, volunteers (direct and indirect), third party contractors and external providers are supported and supervised by the Club’s Child Protection Officer to ensure that they are compliant with the Club’s approach to child protection.

Responsibilities

2.5       Child protection is everyone’s responsibility. At Sale Cricket Club all members of the Committee and staff, as well as direct and indirect volunteers, have a shared responsibility for contributing to the safety and protection of children. Specific responsibilities include:

Committee

2.5.1    Each member of the Committee is required to ensure that appropriate resources are made available to allow the Club’s Child Protection and Safety Policy and the Child Protection Program to be effectively implemented within the Club and are responsible for holding the President and the Committee accountable for effective implementation. 

 

The President  

2.5.2    The President is responsible, and will be accountable for, taking all practical measures to ensure that this Child Protection and Safety Policy and the Club’s Child Protection Program are implemented effectively and that a strong and sustainable child protection culture is maintained within the Club. 

The Club's Child Protection Officer

2.5.3    An appropriate volunteer within the Club is nominated as the Club's Child Protection Officer. Our Child Protection Officer will undertake additional specialised training (with assistance from the club) with respect to child protection issues.  They are the first point of contact for raising child protection concerns within the Club.  They are also responsible for championing child protection within the Club and assisting in coordinating responses to child protection incidents. 

Staff Members

2.5.4    All staff are required to be familiar with the content of our Child Protection and Safety Policy and our Child Protection Program and their legal obligations with respect to the reporting of child abuse.  It is each individual’s responsibility to be aware of key risk indicators of child abuse, to be observant, and to raise any concerns they may have relating to child abuse with the Club’s Child Protection Officer. 

Direct Contact Volunteers

2.5.5    All Direct Contact Volunteers, as defined in this policy, are required to be familiar with the content of our Child Protection and Safety Policy and our Child Safety Code of Conduct and their legal obligations with respect to the reporting of child abuse.  

 

It is each individual’s responsibility to be aware of key risk indicators of child abuse, to be observant, and to raise any concerns they may have relating to child abuse with the Club’s Child Protection Officer. 

Indirect Contact Volunteers

2.5.6    Indirect Contact Volunteers (or 'indirect volunteers') are those volunteers who are involved in providing support and services whilst not directly assisting a specific group of children. Indirect contact volunteers are not responsible for supervising children and would not have "unsupervised" contact with children during the normal course of providing the volunteer service. 

 

All indirect volunteers are responsible for contributing to the safety and protection of children in the Club environment.

 

All indirect volunteers are required by the Club to be familiar with our Child Protection and Safety Policy and our Child Protection Program.

 

Examples of Indirect Contact Volunteer activities may include assisting with Club functions, or the Club canteen and fundraising barbeques. 

Third Party Contractors  

2.5.7    All Third Party Contractors (service providers) engaged by the Club are responsible for contributing to the safety and protection of children in the Club environment.

 

All service providers engaged by the Club are required by the Club to be familiar with our Child Protection and Safety Policy and our Child Protection Program. 

 

The Club may include this requirement in the written agreement between it and the service provider.

External Providers

2.5.8    An external provider is any organisation that the Club has arranged to deliver a specified course or program to children enrolled at the Club.

 

The delivery of such a course may take place on Club premises or elsewhere.

 

All external providers engaged by the Club are responsible for contributing to the safety and protection of children in the Club environment. 

 

All external providers engaged by the Club are required by the Club to be familiar with our Child Protection and Safety Policy and our Child Protection Program and accept this responsibility through written acknowledgment. 

 

Sale Cricket Club may include this requirement in the written agreement between it and the external education provider. 

             

 

Reporting Concerns

2.5.9    Our Child Protection Program provides detailed guidance for members of the Committee, staff and Direct Contact Volunteers as to how to identify key risk indicators of child abuse and how to report child abuse concerns to our Club's nominated Child Protection Officer.  It also contains detailed procedures with respect to the reporting of child abuse incidents to relevant authorities. 

 

Third party contractors, external providers, indirect contact volunteers, children, parents/carers or other community members who have concerns that a child may be subject to abuse are asked to contact the Club’s Child Protection Officer.

Communications will be treated confidentially on a “need to know basis”. 

Whenever there are concerns that a child is in immediate danger the Police should be called on 000.

 

Policy & Program Review

2.6       Sale Cricket Club is committed to the continuous improvement of our Child Protection Program.  The Program is regularly reviewed for overall effectiveness and to ensure compliance with all child protection related laws, regulations and standards.