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.
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.
On 1 July 2019, South Australia’s child-related employment and volunteer screening was replaced with a new Working with Children Check (WWCC), as legislated under the Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016.
Transitional provisions allow all employees and volunteers working with children to have a valid child-related clearance. This means:
The new legislation captures all employees and volunteers of sport and recreation clubs and associations where there are “services or activities provided in the course of the operation of clubs and associations with a significant membership of, or involvement by, children”, regardless of whether or not they actually work with children or have any contact with children.
Clubs and associations are encouraged to investigate if an employee or volunteer can be excluded from the requirement to obtain a WWCC. Information on exclusions is available on the Department of Human Services Screening Unit website under Who does not need a Working with Children Check?
Members of sport and recreation organisations are encouraged to familiarise themselves with information available on the DHS website.
Queries should be directed to the DHS Screening Unit on 1300 321 592.