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The safety of children and young people in our sport is paramount.  We want swimming to be fun, enjoyable and safe for all.  Everyone in the swimming community have a role to play in ensuring that we keep our sport as safe and enjoyable as possible.

Swimming Australia have developed A Safe Sport Framework (SSF).  This confirms the shared responsibility we all have for keeping each other safe in swimming – children and adults alike.  The Safe Sport Framework replaces all previous child and member welfare policies and procedures, including the Code of Conduct.


Swimming Australia Safe Sport Framework

Swimming Australia Safe Sport Framework Users Guide 

Swimming Victoria Code of Conduct/Commitment Statement

An Overview of the Victorian Child Safe Standards



From 1 January 2017, the Child Safe Standards will apply to sporting organisations that operate and provide sporting services to children within Victoria (including National Sporting Associations).  The Standards apply to organisations as a whole, not only the areas that work with children.  The Standards apply to all personnel in our organisations

This includes:


What are the Standards?

  1.     Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership
  2.     A child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety
  3.     A code of conduct that established clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children
  4.     Screening, supervision, training and other human resource practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by
        new and existing personnel
  5.     Processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
  6.     Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse
  7.     Strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children


Vicsport Video - Child Safe Legislation



The first step for all Swimming Victoria Clubs and Districts is to complete an Audit on your organisation.  There is a template available to guide you through the audit.  This is a guide only, you may need to add additional questions depending on your club/district requirements.

What steps do we need to take?

Audit Template

Audit Template WORD doc


Once you have completed the Audit Checklist, prioritise each of the action items and use this information to form your Action Plan.

Action Plan Template 

Action Plan Template WORD doc

Working WIth Children Check Register Template



Child Safe Policy for Clubs (Swimming specific) - updated July

Child Safe Policy for Districts (Swimming specific) - updated July

Child Safe Code of Conduct Template  & Factsheet

Confidential Record of Child Abuse Template



Safe Sporting Reporting Process Chart

Confidential Record of Child Abuse Allegation Case 1 

Confidential Record of Case 2 or 3 Complaint Form

Safe Sport Complaint Register Template



Who Needs a Working With Children Check (updated 15/8/2017)

WWCC and Background Check Register

Recruitment & Screening Checklist

Sample Interview Questions 

Reference Check Template



Swimming Officials & Volunteers

Transporation Approval Form



Swimming Australia Resources

Vicsport Resources



CCYP Website

CCYP Resource

DHHS Website

DHHS Resources

HR Practice Examples

Australian Childhood Foundation



Play By The Rules

Free Courses In:




Vicsport Presentation - Child Safe Standards

Kathy Tessier Presentation - Child Safe for Aquatic Clubs 

Swimming Victoria Audit Template

Child Safe Action Plan

Swimming Victoria Code of Conduct/Committment Statement

Call to Action Template


Child Safe Standards Overview

Swimming Australia Parent Handbook

Swimming Australia Rights & Responsibilities: A Summary for Young Children

Tip Sheet - What to Look for in a Child Safe Organisation

Tip Sheet - Cultural Safety for Aboriginal Children

Tip Sheet - Empowerment & Participation of Children

Tip Sheet - Safety of Children from CALD Backgrounds

Tip Sheet - Safety of Children with a Disability

WWCC & Background Check Sample Template

Safeguarding Children Posters




The Commission for Children and Young People has contracted eight partner organisations to  develop support to help organisations in specific sectors to meet the Child Safe Standards. 

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