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.
For more information view the Department of Human Services: Child Safe Environments Principles of Good Practice.
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 ORSR 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.
The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing is currently working on updating the resources on this page. To access unlinked documents and discuss the update timeframe please phone 1300 714 990.
New 10 National Child Safe Principles: https://www.playbytherules.net.au/got-an-issue/child-safe-sport/create-a-child-safe-organisation.
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.
Resources including coach guidelines, chaperone information, junior team selection policy template and more.
The government introduced the new Working with Children Check (WWCC) on 1 July last year to help keep children safe in our communities.
From 1 July 2020, organisations will no longer be able to assess a National Police Certificate to allow people to work or volunteer with children in South Australia.
All South Australians in relevant roles using a National Police Check need to apply for a WWCC by 1 July 2020, if they haven’t already.
Engaging a person in paid or volunteer work with children without a valid WWCC is an offence, so this is also an important reminder to organisations to ensure their staff and volunteers have the correct check.
Certain transitional arrangements are still in place to make it easier for people to move into the new scheme. Previous Child-Related Employment screenings are recognised as a WWCC and remain valid until they expire.
Working with Children Checks are valid for five years, transferable across jobs and remain completely free of charge for volunteers. For paid employment, the check costs $113.30.
The updated Working with Children Check Information Kit provides further details and resources for you to share this information with your networks and staff.
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.