SC4K Creating a safe environment: four considerations
MAKE YOUR RULES CLEAR
Create promote and follow appropriate policies, procedures and guidelines.
Ensure policies, procedures and guidelines are clear, followed and easily accessible by all including:
- Association/Club Code of Conduct
- Association/Club Complaints Handling Policy
- Association/Club other policy documents (Competition rules, selection rules, etc.)
- Member Protection Policy (including Position Statement: Child Protection)
- National Codes of Behaviour
- Dispute Resolution Process Flowchart
GET THE RIGHT PEOPLE
Follow the Netball WA Member Screening Guidelines to recruit the right people.
- Stage 1. Recruitment and selection
- Stage 2. Reference checks
- Stage 3. Criminal record checks (VNPC & NPC), including Working with Children Checks
- Stage 4. Respond to any person with a criminal record check and/or feedback of broader concern
- Stage 5. Appointment and induction
- Stage 6. Provide ongoing support, training and supervision
INVOLVE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
Create a culture where everyone can talk and act together.
- Have an open culture where all members know how and where to give feedback, raise concerns and feel confident the club will respond.
- Talk to children and young people about their right to feel safe and what they think will make a great club.
- Regularly promote that the club prioritises the safety of children and young people.
LEARN AND RESPOND
Have an understanding of children’s needs and appropriate responses to any concerns, including reporting.
- Support members to feel confident in their understanding of child abuse, know where to raise concerns and respond to any disclosures, allegations or suspicions of child abuse.
- Identify and advertise the person in your club who can be contacted by those wanting to raise an issue or concern.