Child Safeguarding

THE SAFE CLUBS 4 KIDS (SC4K) INITIATIVE ENCOURAGES AND SUPPORTS THE SPORT AND ACTIVE RECREATION INDUSTRY TO CREATE AND MAINTAIN SAFE ENVIRONMENTS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUND PEOPLE.

Children should be able to grow and develop in a safe environment without the risk of harm. Most people who volunteer or work with children are safe and do so to make a positive contribution and help children develop to their full potential.

History shows that child abuse occurs across all sectors of the community, including the area of sport and recreation. However, by taking a few simple steps such as the Safe Clubs for Kids 4 considerations, you can adopt a proactive approach to creating a safe environment for children and young people.

SC4K is a proactive initiative designed to assist organisations to create child-safe environments. WA Sports Federation delivers SC4K in partnership with the Department of Sport and Recreation, the Working with Children Screening Unit, the WA Police – Child Abuse Squad and Surf Life Saving WA.

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:

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.