Child Protection

The Central Districts Basketball Club aplies and is covered by the policies maintained by BasketballSA.

Member Protection 
http://www.basketballsa.com.au/assets/docs/general/Member-Protection-Procedure.pdf

Member Protection By-Laws 
http://www.basketballsa.com.au/assets/docs/general/Member-Protection-By-Law-Basketball-Australia-Oct-2015.pdf

Video and Photography Policy 
http://www.basketballsa.com.au/assets/docs/general/Video_and_Photography_Policy.pdf

Cyber Bullying Policy
http://www.basketballsa.com.au/assets/docs/general/Cyber_Bullying_Policy.pdf

 


 

 

Child Safe Environments

All organisations providing services within South Australia, including national and state based sporting and recreation organisations, are required under the Children’s Protection Act 1993 to establish policies and procedures for ensuring that child-safe environments are established and maintained within their organisations.

Child-safe environment strategies are put in place to prevent and minimise opportunities for child abuse within your organisation including preventing offenders from gaining access to your organisation. They include ensuring your staff and volunteers understand their child protection obligations and that staff and volunteers know who to go to should they have suspicions a child may be at risk of harm.

Organisations working to create child-safe environments and strengthen their environment are committed to and understand the importance of children’s safety.

Who is required under legislation to implement child safe environments?

Organisations within South Australia providing  sporting and recreation  services wholly or partly for children, are required under the Children’s Protection Act 1993 to establish policies and procedures for ensuring that:

  • reports of suspected abuse and neglect are made by mandated notifiers
  • child safe environments are established and maintained within the organisation.

This requirement also applies to organisations that are based interstate and provide services in South Australia, for example national sporting championships.

What does establishing a child-safe environment involve?

1     Identify and analyse risk of harm

The Central Districts Basketball Club develops and implements a risk management strategy. This includes a review of existing child protection policies and practices to determine how child-safe and child-friendly the organisation is and the development of strategies to minimise and prevent risk of harm to children.

2     Develop codes of conduct for adults and children

The Central Districts Basketball Club has codes of conduct that specify standards of conduct and care when dealing and interacting with children, particularly those in the organisation’s care. The CDBC also has codes of conduct to address appropriate behaviour between children. These codes set out professional boundaries, ethical behaviour and unacceptable behaviour.

3     Choose suitable employees and volunteers

The Central Districts Basketball Club takes all reasonable steps to ensure that it engages the most suitable and appropriate people to work with children. This is more likely to be achieved using a range of screening measures. All paid or volunteer persons holding a ‘prescribed position’ are required to complete a ‘relevant history assessment’, which must include a criminal history check, to be conducted by the organisation or they may apply to the DCSI Screening Unit for a full criminal history screening unless an exemption applies.

CDBC aims to minimise the likelihood of engaging (or retaining) people who are unsuitable to work with children. If a criminal history report is obtained the organisation must ensure that the criminal history information is dealt with in accordance with the Standards developed by the Chief Executive of the Department for Education and Child Development.

4     Support, train, supervise and enhance performance

The Central Districts Basketball Club ensures that volunteers and employees who work with children or their records have ongoing supervision, support and training to ensure they understand and can promote the establishment and maintenance of a child safe environment.

5     Empower and promote the participation of children in decision-making and service development

The Central Districts Basketball Club engages children and young people in developing and maintaining child safe environments.

6     Report and respond appropriately to suspected abuse and neglect

The Central Districts Basketball Club ensures that volunteers and employees are able to identify and respond to children at risk of harm. They understand that certain roles are mandated to report concerns to the child abuse repot line 13 14 78 but encourage a moral obligation for all to protect children.  All coaches must complete the ‘Play by the Rules’ online training modules (Child Protection & Harassment and Discrimination)  www.playbytherules.net.au/interactive-scenarios/free-online-training

Resources:

Where can I get further information or resources on Child Safe Environments?


 

 

Reporting Child Abuse

Mandated Notification Obligations - Reporting Child Abuse

Legislation

Who is required to report child abuse?

In South Australia certain people are required by law to make a report if they suspect on reasonable grounds that a child or young person (any person aged under 18 years) is being abused or neglected and this suspicion is formed in the course of their paid or voluntary work.

Any person who is an employee of, or volunteer in, a government or non-Government organisation that provides sporting or recreational, services wholly or partly for children, being a person who:

(a) is engaged in the actual delivery of those services to children; (Coaches) or

(b) holds a management position in the relevant organisation the duties of           which include direct responsibility for, or direct supervision of, the provision of those services to children; are mandated notifiers. (Committee, Junior Panel members & Team Managers)

What are your reporting responsibilities?

As a mandated notifier you must make a report if you have any reasonable suspicion of neglect and/or abuse and you need to make that report without delay.

As a mandatory reporter you need to be aware that:

  • it is your personal responsibility/obligation to report suspected child abuse and neglect – it is not the responsibility of your manager or employer.
  • you do not have to prove that abuse has occurred.
  • your notification needs to be accompanied by a statement of the observations, information and opinions on which your suspicions are based.
  • you are immune from civil liability for reporting your suspicions in good faith.

Are there penalties involved for failing to report?

Yes. - There may be a penalty for failing to meet the mandated notifier obligations.

Can anyone stop me from making a report?

No - A person must not threaten or intimidate, or cause damage, loss or disadvantage to, a person to whom this obligation applies because the person has discharged, or proposes to discharge, his or her duty.

Are there any exemptions?

No – There are no exemptions from this obligation, even for sporting teams, coaches, and officials visiting from other states or territories.

Action

How do I make a report?

If you believe a child is in immediate danger or in a life-threatening situation, contact the Police immediately by dialling 000.

To make a report of suspected child abuse or neglect, call the 24-hour Child Abuse Report Line on 13 14 78.

Does my obligation end once I have made a report?

No - A person does not necessarily exhaust his or her duty of care to a child by giving a notification under this section.

You may also have an obligation under your organisations Child Safe or Member Protection Policy to make an internal to the organisation report.

 

RESOURCES:

Where can I get further information or resources on reporting?

*Department for Child Protection: Please utilise this link for more information in regards to making a report, signs of child abuse and neglect, and how to respond to a child.

https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/education-and-learning/health-wellbeing-and-special-needs/report-child-abuse

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