Strategies for Keeping Children Safe
The Safeguarding Children program developed by the Australian Childhood Foundation has created seven unique strategies to help your sports club or association keep children and young people safe from abuse and exploitation by staff, volunteers or other relevant related individuals.
The strategies are evidence-based and form an important part of the Safeguarding Children organisational accreditation scheme.
While strategies are quite easy to understand they can involve quite a comprehensive review and assessment of your club or association’s policies and procedures that protect children.
The strategies are:
- A commitment to safeguarding children strategy
- Personal roles and conduct strategy
- Recruitment and screening practices strategy
- Personal induction and training strategy
- Involving children and parents strategy
- Child abuse reporting and allegations strategy
- Supporting a child-safe culture
To assist you in starting this process and fleshing out some of the details for each of the strategies, Play by the Rules has designed a free template in the form of a PowerPoint presentation. The presentation is ready to use, provides example strategy statements, and can serve as a planning document as well as a presentation/workshop tool. You can download the presentation template at playbytherules.net.au
For more details on these strategies and to register for the full online Safeguarding Children program visit safeguardingchildren.com.au
HELP FOR KIDS
Children should feel safe at home, sport, school and any community organisation. If anyone makes you feel unsafe or scared or is hurting you, it is important that tell someone that you trust. Even if the person who is making you feel unsafe tells you not to tell anyone or says it’s a secret, you still need to tell someone.
Can you think of 5 people that you could talk to if you were feeling unsafe?
Think about the people you trust most in the world. These people could be your
- Mum or Dad
- Adult friend
- Adult neighbour
- your Teacher
- your Coach or Manager
- your Auntie or Uncle
- an older Brother or Sister
- your friend’s parents
Now think of other people who you may not know but you think you can trust because of the job that they do.
- a Policeman or Police woman
- a librarian, sports teacher or other trusted adult at school
- the school counsellor
- the Minister at your church, temple or synagogue
- your Doctor
Who else can you talk to?
- Child Protection Helpline on Phone 132 111 (available 24 hours a day)
- Kids Helpline webchat
- Kids helpline phone 1800 55 1800
- NSW Police Help Line 131 444
- Call Football NSW on 02 8814 4400
Kids Online Feedback Form
Help for Kids and Parents
If you are being bullied it is important that you tell someone so they can help to stop the bullying. You should report it to Mum, Dad, Grandma, Grandad, Aunty, Uncle or anyone else that you trust. If someone at school is bullying you, tell a teacher so they can help you. If someone at football is bullying you, you should also tell your mum, dad, coach, manager or another adult that you trust.
If you are being bullied on Facebook or any type of Social Medica, you should report it to the same people listed above. You can also report it to the Kids Cyber Bullying Safety Centre. Report Cyber Bullying here
For more information about Cyber bullying, what you can do about it visit these websites:
- Cyber Bullying Safety Centre
- ThinkUKnow – Information for parents, clubs, schools and teachers
- ThinkUKnow – Information for youth aged 11 – 17 years
- eSafety website – E-Safety Commission website for kids and parents
Reporting Child Abuse
To report child abuse or neglect call the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111 (24 hours/7 days) or click here for more information.
Information and support is available at your club, association and Football NSW:
- Contact the MPIO at your club or local Association
- Contact Football NSW State MPIO by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or (02) 8814 4400.