Child Safety Policy
Dingley Junior Football Club
Child Safe Policy
This policy was written to demonstrate the strong commitment of the committee, parents and volunteers of Dingley Junior Football Club (DJFC) 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.
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 committee members,parents and the children who are members of our club.
This policy applies to all individuals involved in our organisation (paid and volunteer) including, but not limited to:
All of the people to which this policy applies have a role and responsibility in relation to child protection. They must all:
- understand the indicators and risks of child abuse;
- appropriately act on any concerns raised by children; and
- understand and follow all applicable laws in relation to the protection of children and reporting or management of child safety concerns.
Child abuse can take a broad range of forms including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional or psychological abuse and 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:
- promote the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of Aboriginal children and their families;
- promote the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and their families; and
- welcome children with a disability and their families and act to promote their participation;
Recruiting coaches and volunteers
The Club takes the following steps to ensure best practice standards in the recruitment and screening of coaches and volunteers:
- Interview and conduct referee checks on all coaches;
- Require Working with Children Checks for relevant positions;
- Require coaches and team managers to abide by our Child Safe Code of Conduct at all times.
Supporting coaches and volunteers
The Club seeks to attract and retain the best coaches and volunteers. We provide support and supervision so people feel valued, respected and fairly treated.
Reporting a child safety concern or complaint
The Club has appointed Sandy Chalmersas Child Safety Officer with the specific responsibility for responding to any complaints made by coaches, officials, volunteers, parents or children. That person can be contacted by firstname.lastname@example.org / 0425 812 790. Our complaints process is outlined in the Dingley Junior Football Club’s Incident Reporting Policy and a formal report may be made by filling out our Child Safety Incident Report form.
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:
- using change room facilities;
- using accommodation or overnight stays;
- travel; or
- physical contact when coaching or managing children.
Reviewing this policy
This policy will be reviewed everytwo years and we undertake to seek views, comments and suggestions from children, parents, carers, staff and volunteers involved in the Club.
Dated: December 2017
Date for Review: December 2019