CHILD SAFE


SLSA takes seriously its responsibility to deliver a safe, fair and inclusive environment for Children & Young People involved in Surf Life Saving.

MAKE A CHILD PROTECTION REPORT
GUIDE TO MAKING A REPORT
LODGE A GRIEVANCE

SURF LIFE SAVING’S COMMITMENT STATEMENT


Surf Life Saving (SLS) is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all Children & Young People (CYP) who are involved in SLS. Our policies and procedures seek to address risks to child safety and to establish child safe culture and practices in line with the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.

We promote equity, respect and diversity by:
• actively anticipating CYP’s diverse circumstances and responding effectively to those with additional vulnerabilities;
• providing all CYP access to information, support and reporting processes;
• empowering CYP by giving them a voice and encouraging them to speak up on decisions that affect them;
• creating a fun and positive environment for CYP to be involved in; and
• paying attention to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander CYP, CYP with a disability, CYP who identify as LGBTIQ and CYP from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The SLSA Board endorses the Child Safe commitment to keeping CYP safe from abuse and neglect.

John Baker ESM
President

Surf Life Saving is committed to the Safeguarding of Children and Young People, under the age of 18, and acknowledges that a child-safe organisation doesn’t just happen; it requires conscious action to protect children from harm.

It is imperative that we provide a safe and supportive environment for children and young people, that focuses on fun, education and building the confidence of our people through positive learning and development.

Surf Life Saving’s core values include being open, welcome and inclusive and building stronger and safer communities for everyone. Surf Life Saving empowers and expects all Surf Life Saving employees, members, board members, affiliated clubs, consultants, contractors and licensees, to create and maintain a safe culture for children and young people.

Surf Life Saving is committed to reducing the risks of abuse and harm to Children and Young People, and will ensure all employees, members, board members, affiliated Clubs, consultants, contractors and licensees understand and adhere to SLSA’s Member Protection Policy.

Graham Ford AM
SLSA President

WHAT IS THE CHILD SAFE PROGRAM?


The Child Safe Program assists Surf Life Saving (SLS) in our commitment to the protection of Children and Young People (CYP) from abuse, harm and exploitation.

The program builds the capacity of SLS to protect our CYP by providing resources and education to support clubs to provide a safe environment for all members. Clubs can begin to provide a safe environment through the development and implementation of the following key strategies:
• A statement of commitment to child safety
• Implementation of the code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour when dealing with CYP
• Screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel
• Educate and inform members of the signs and indicators of child abuse
• Processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
• Regular communication, awareness and promotion of the Child Safe Program
• Strategies to identify and remove risks to CYP
• Strategies to communicate and promote the participation and empowerment of CYP within the club

Resources, webinars and an online training course have been developed to assist all Clubs to achieve these standards outlined above.

The Child Safe Program is underwritten by the Surf Life Saving Australia Child Safe Policy.

The Safeguarding Children and Young People Program assists Surf Life Saving (SLS) in our commitment to the protection of children from abuse, harm and exploitation.

The program builds the capacity of SLS to protect our children and young people by providing resources and education to support clubs to provide a safe environment for all members. Clubs can achieve the Australian Sports Commission Child Safe standards through the development and implementation of the following key strategies:

  • A statement of commitment to child safety
  • Implementation of the code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour when dealing with children
  • Screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel
  • Educate and inform members of the signs and indicators of child abuse
  • Processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
  • Regular communication, awareness and promotion of the Safeguarding Children and Young People Program
  • Strategies to identify and remove risks to children and young people
  • Strategies to communicate and promote the participation and empowerment of children within the club

Resources, webinars and an online training course have been developed to assist all Clubs to achieve these standards.

The Safeguarding Children and Young People Program is underwritten by the Surf Life Saving Australia Member Protection Policy (MPP).

RESOURCES


CHILD SAFE POLICY

This Child Safe Policy aims to assist all SLS Entities uphold its responsibility to create a safe, fair and inclusive environment for all Children & Young People.

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CHILD SAFE COMMITMENT

Surf Life Saving is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all Children & Young People (CYP) who are involved in SLS. The SLSA Board endorses the Child Safe commitment to keeping CYP safe from abuse and neglect.

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CHILD SAFE GUIDELINE

The Child Safe Guidelines have been developed to assist all Surf Life Saving clubs and members to meet their obligations, specifically relating to children and young people, under the Surf Life Saving Australia Child Safe Policy.

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CHILD SAFE COURSE

Child Safe Awareness Course provides participants with: an awareness of child abuse and child protection and the confidence to be able to take appropriate action when they become concerned for the safety of a child. To have this course recognised on your Surfguard record please complete the course via the Members Area.

MEMBERS AREA

MEMBER PROTECTION & INCLUSION

All SLS Entities are committed to the health, safety and general wellbeing of everyone involved in Surf Lifesaving. This Policy aims to assist SLSA to uphold its core values and create a safe, fair and inclusive environment for everyone associated with Surf Lifesaving.

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REPORT CHILD SAFE MATTERS

REPORT

RESOURCES


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UNDERSTANDING SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

The Safeguarding Children and Young People Guidelines have been developed to assist all Surf Life Saving members to meet their obligations, specifically relating to children and young people, under the Surf Life Saving Australia Member Protection Policy.

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ONLINE AWARENESS COURSE

Safeguarding Children and Young People Awareness Course provides participants with: an awareness of child abuse and child protection and the confidence to be able to take appropriate action when they become concerned for the safety of a child. To have this course recognised on your Surfguard record please complete the course via the Members Portal.

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SPEAK UP

The Safeguarding Children and Young People program requires constant review and evaluation. To assist us we would like to hear from you today on how SLS can make our movement safer for children and young people and to provide feedback on the Safeguarding Children and Young People Program.

SUBMIT FEEDBACK HERE
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MEMBER PROTECTION POLICY

This Policy aims to assist SLSA to uphold its core values and create a safe, fair and inclusive environment for everyone associated with SLS.

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WEBINARS

The following webinars provide club members  and parents/guardians with information, insights and best practice strategies to dealing with Safeguarding Children and Young People related topics.

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SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE RESOURCES

The below resources provide club administrators and parents/guardians with the tools they need to build and support a child-safe environment.

CLUB RESOURCES


Safeguarding Children and Young People Club Handbook

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Safeguarding Children Handbook

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Worksheet 1 – Make a Commitment

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Worksheet 2 – Follow the Code of Conduct

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Worksheet 3 – Screen and Recruit the Right People

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Worksheet 4 – Educate and Raise Awareness

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Worksheet 5 – Report

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Worksheet 6 – Engage and Communicate

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Additional Resources

Where to Get Help

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Definitions of Abuse

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Indicators of Abuse

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Safeguarding Vulnerable Children

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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A Practical Guide for Touring with Children

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Code of Conduct

Reporting

Codes of Conduct for Dealing with Children and Young People in position of Authority

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Picking Up and Dropping off Guideline and Approval Form

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How to Report Your Concerns About a Child’s Safety

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Guide to Submitting a Report

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Responding to Children and Young People’s Disclosure of Abuse

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Submitting a Report – Video Tutorial

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Screening & Recruitment

Creating a Child Safe Environment

Paid Staff Screening Checklist

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Strategies for Creating a Child Safe Environment

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Involving Youth and Young People

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Club Checklist

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Volunteer Checklist

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HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT A CHILD’S SAFETY?


If the matter is urgent or the safety, health or welfare of a child or victim is at risk please call the Police emergency number 000.