SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE


Our commitment to the protection of children and young people under the age of 18 from abuse, harm and exploitation.

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SURF LIFE SAVING’S COMMITMENT STATEMENT


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 SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE PROGRAM?


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).

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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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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.

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CLUB RESOURCES

The following resources provide club administrators and parents/guardians with the tools they need to ensure a child-safe environment

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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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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.