A child safe organisation protects children from harm in an environment where children feel respected, valued and encouraged to reach their full potential.
This is embedded in an organisation’s policies and procedures and supported by all members.
A child safe and child friendly environment minimises the risk to children from physical, sexual, emotional and psychological harm and from neglect.
SA legislation requires that organisations that provide services for children create and maintain a child safe environment.
Note: State sporting and recreation organisations may have lodged a Statement on behalf of their affiliated clubs. If you are unsure of whether you are covered by your governing body Statement, contact them directly.
Under the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 a compliance statement will need to be lodged whenever relevant policies and procedures are adopted, varied or substituted.
The Act also requires organisations to review their child safe environment policies and procedures at least once every 5 years. Further information can be found here.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse made recommendations about:
The National Principles for Child Safe Organisations have replaced the former South Australian Principles of Good Practice.
From 1 July 2021, all organisations developing child safe policies and procedures must:
For more information view the Department of Human Services: Child Safe Environments
The Child Safe Officer (CSO) is a person who can deliver advice and awareness within their organisation or club around developing a child safe environment.
Training is provided to support people taking on this role and is delivered as a 3 hour face to face session held at various locations around Adelaide and regional areas.
What does a Child Safe Officer do?
The training provided by Sport SA assists the CSO to:
The CSO may work with an organisation’s Committee to develop procedures specific to their environment to assist with minimising risk to children, provide education to coaches, administrators and volunteers working with children and promote the organisation’s policies and procedures to all members.
Play by the Rules provides: Online training in Child Protection and Harassment and Discrimination is recommended for all involved in delivering services and activities to children. Coaches and Team Managers in particular should complete this and be required to present the certificate to the club for recording.
Keeping our Kids Safe: Cultural Safety and the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations - This resource supports organisations engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people and communities to implement the National Principles in a culturally safe way by providing practical advice for all levels of an organisation.
People working or volunteering with children in South Australia must, by law, have a Working with Children Check.
A Working with Children Check is an assessment of whether a person poses an unacceptable risk to children. As part of the process, the Screening Unit will look at criminal history, child protection information and other information.
The above Information has been provided with permission from the Department of Human Services website.
Full details, including applications for a WWCC, are available at screening.sa.gov.au/wwcc or call the DHS Screening Unit on 1300 321 592 with any general enquiries.