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

SC4K CREATING A SAFE ENVIRONMENT: Four Considerations

  1. 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:

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.

SC4K Videos

SC4K VIDEOS

  1. Why you should think about it
  2. Get on the front foot
  3. Get the right people
  4. The screen test
  5. The gut feel
  6. Have a chat

Everyone can play a part in keeping children safe whilst having fun in the sport and active recreation environment.

Learn More

Attend a Safe Clubs 4 Kids workshop to:

  • Increase awareness about how to create child safe environments.
  • Understand the importance of criminal record checks, including Working with Children Checks.
  • Learn how to respond to and report a disclosure or suspicion of child abuse.
  • Identify useful resources and contacts for support.

To attend a Safe Clubs 4 Kids workshop OR for further information click here.

SAFE CLUBS 4 KIDS RESOURCES
NETBALL WA SAMPLE SCREENING PROCEDURE
NATIONAL POLICE CERTIFICATE FAQS
VOLUNTEER NATIONAL POLICE CERTIFICATE FAQS
WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECK WEBSITE
FACTSHEET 18: WWC CHECKS IN THE SPORT AND RECREATION SECTOR
PLAY BY THE RULES: CHILD PROTECTION