Child Safe Policy
This policy was written to demonstrate the strong commitment of the committee and membership of CCSC to child safety and to provide an outline of the policies and practices the Club has developed to keep everyone safe from any harm, including abuse.
Definition of a Child
A child is any person under the age of eighteen.
Commitment to Child Safety
All children who are a part of the Club have a right to feel and be safe.
The welfare of the children in our care will always be our first priority and the Club has
a zero tolerance to child abuse. The Club aims to create a child safe and child friendly environment where children feel safe and have fun and the Club's activities are always carried out in the best interests of the children.
Application of this Policy
This policy was developed by the Club and in collaboration with the committee, membership and the children who use our services and their parents. This policy applies to all individuals involved in our organisation (paid and volunteer) including, but not limited to:
Child abuse can take a broad range of forms including physical abuse, sexual abuse, serious emotional or psychological abuse or serious neglect. People to whom this policy applies need to be aware that child abuse can occur whenever there is actual or potential harm to a child, and these are circumstances that the Club is committed to reducing the risk of occurrence.
Children’s Rights to Safety and Participation
The Club encourages children to express their views about their safety. We listen to their suggestions, especially on matters that directly affect them. We actively encourage all children who use our services to ‘have a say’ about things that are important to them.
We teach children about what they can do if they feel unsafe. We listen to and act on any concerns children, or their parents, raise with us.
We value diversity and do not tolerate any discriminatory practices. To achieve this we:
Induction of Members
The Club takes the following steps to ensure best practice standards:
Supporting staff and volunteers
The Club seeks to attract and retain the best staff and volunteers. We provide support and supervision so people feel valued, respected and fairly treated. We have developed a Code of Conduct to provide guidance to our staff and volunteers, all of whom receive training on the requirements of the Code.
Reporting a child safety concern or complaint
The Club has appointed Grant McDonald as Child Safety Person with the specific responsibility for responding to any complaints made by staff, volunteers, parents or children. That person can be contacted on mobile: 0427 762720.
In a situation where there is an incident or complaint, the following processes
should be implemented:
The current version may be accessed via the CCSC website or by contacting the Secretary.
We recognise the importance of a risk management approach to minimising the potential for child abuse or harm to occur and use this to inform our policy, procedures and activity planning. In addition to general occupational health and safety risks, we proactively manage risks of abuse to our children. To reduce the risk of child abuse occurring, adults to whom this policy applies should avoid direct, unsupervised contact with children.
For example, this should be a consideration when:
Do I Need a Working With Children Check?
From 1 August 2017 a number of changes came into effect with regards to the Victorian Working With Children Check.
Determining whether you need to apply for a WWCC is a straightforward online process.
Go to the website click on the Applications tab and answer some simple questions about the role you have involving contact with children.
Your responses will determine whether
or not you require the WWCC.
Reviewing this policy This policy will be reviewed every two years and the CCSC undertakes to seek views, comments and suggestions from children, parents, carers, staff and volunteers involved in the club. Written By: Mark Teasdale / Peter Weiss / Grant McDonald / Iain Samson Endorsed By: CCSC Committee Date for Review: August 2019