Strategies for Keeping Children Safe
The Safeguarding Children program developed by the Australian Childhood Foundation has created seven unique strategies to help organisations keep children and young people safe from abuse and exploitation by staff, volunteers or other individuals.
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 Play by the Rules has designed a free template in the form of a PowerPoint presentation. The presentation is ready to use and can serve as a planning document as well as a presentation or workshop tool. You can download the presentation template at playbytherules.net.au
For more details or to register for the Safeguarding Children program visit safeguardingchildren.com.au
HELP FOR KIDS
Children should feel safe at home, sport, school and in any organisation. If you are under 18 years of age and anyone makes you feel unsafe or scared or is hurting you, it is important to 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.
Who can you talk to?
These are some of the people you can talk to if you feel unsafe or someone is hurting you:
- Mum or Dad
- Foster parent or guardian
- any of your Teachers
- your Coach or Manager
- your Auntie or Uncle
- an older Brother or Sister
- your friend’s parents
- a Police officer
- a librarian at school
- the school counsellor
- the Minister at your church, temple or synagogue
- a Doctor or Nurse
Who can you call?
- 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
- In an emergency call 000 (zero zero zero)
Kids On-line Feedback to FNSW
This form is ONLY for use by children and young people under 18 years of age. This form is for children to share information with Football NSW about their safety if they are unable to discuss their concerns with a parent, guardian, teacher or other responsible adult. The more information provided, the more likely we will be able to respond to their concerns. Parents and other adults are not permitted to use this form to lodge concerns. If a child raises safety or welfare concerns with a parent or another adult, then that person is responsible for taking steps to manage or report those concerns with the relevant club, association, school, organisation or to Police, FACS or other agency.
Help for Kids and Parents
Where a child is at risk of harm from abuse or neglect, the NSW Kids Helpline is open 24 hours, 7 days a week and is answered by qualified persons who can assist children and adults with matters and concerns relating to harm, abuse or neglect of children and young people.
Children or adults can call the Kids Helpline on phone 132 111.
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 on (02) 8814 4400.