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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



(Jan 2018)

The Commission for Children & Young people have just releasetd two narrated powerepoints explaining Child Safe Standards and Reportable Conduct Scheme Information.

Child Safe Standards Narrated PowerPoint
Reportable Conduct Scheme Narrated PowerPoint



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




As a result of new legislation in Victoria it is likely that a lot more volunteers in swimming will need to have a Working with Children Check.  The Legislation requires clubs to ensure that they are compliant and monitor volunteers on a regular basis.  This means that you must check regularly for expired, suspended or revoked WWCC.  We recommend that clubs do this on a weekly basis. 

To save you and your club time and effort in doing this, Swimming Victoria has invested in Everproof (formally BlueQ), an online platform that allows anyone to upload certifications and qualifications, such as Working with Children Checks and coaching qualifications just to name a few. When they have done so you can see at a glance who is compliant and receive reminders when someone's qualification needs renewing. Everproof will automatically do your compliance check every 7 days.

All committee members, coaches, technical officials, team managers and any volunteer that has a role at a swimming club must upload their WWCC to Everproof.  Even if you are only a member and have a WWCC we encourage you to have an Everproof account  Please contact your club if you have not received an email asking you to accept your account.  

For futher infomation CLICK HERE



Child Safe Policy for Clubs (Swimming specific) 

Child Safe Policy for Districts (Swimming specific) 

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


Play By the Rules have extremely good resources for club volunteers in dealing with complaints.  CLICK HERE



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



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