MEMBER PROTECTION POLICY
The GSABA is committed to the health, safety and well-being of all its members and participants and is dedicated to providing a safe environment for participation in the sport of basketball throughout the Great Southern Area.
The SA State Government have introduced Child Protection Legislation. The aim of the legislation is to ensure that people working (in a voluntary or paid basis) with children do not pose a risk to children.
This legislation requires "screening" to be undertaken in defined circumstances relating to junior sport and the Basketball SA Member Protection Policy generally requires screening in the same situations.
Harrassment in sport has become an issue in which many sports have unfortunately had to face. As a result, the GSABA has acknowlegement that a proactive and preventative approach needs to be taken in dealing with the issue.
Member Protection is a term widely used in the sports industry. Member Protection is all about practices and procedures that protect a sports organisation's members - including players/participants, administrators, coaches and officials.
- protecting members from harassment and inappropriate behaviour
- adopting appropriate measures to ensure the right people are involved in an organisation;
- providing education
The successful implementation and enforcement of this Member Protection policy requires the cooperation and committment of GSABA members and participants at all levels. The following document formalises the procedures to be implemented by the GSABA and its member Clubs to comply with legislation in this area and conveys a strong message to all GSABA basketball members and participants, and prospective members and participants, that as a sport, we are committed to ensuring the safety of our most valuable asset into the future.
This document describes the procedures for the registration of employees and volunteers appointed to positions in our Clubs and Association.
The purpose of implementing implementing these procedures is to:
- Minimise and guard against potential risks to children involved in basketball
- Establish the suitability or people working and volunteering in junior basketball
- Assist clubs with adherence to legislation regarding the screening of employees and volunteers involved in sport