KEEPING SWIMMING SAFE
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.
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
- Board or Management/Committee Members
- All paid staff (CEO, Executive, Employees)
- All volunteers (coaches, officials, administrators, team managers etc)
- All students on placements
- Any contractors you engage
What are the Standards?
- Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership
- A child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety
- A code of conduct that established clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children
- Screening, supervision, training and other human resource practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by
new and existing personnel
- Processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
- Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse
- Strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children
ACTION FOR CLUBS
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.
Once you have completed the Audit Checklist, prioritise each of the action items and use this information to form your Action Plan.
ONLINE COURSES TO ASSIST LEARNING
Free Courses In:
- Child Protection
- Harassment and Discrimination
- Complaint Handling
- Member Protection
AQUATIC CLUB FORUM RESOURCES
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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