Child Safety Standards
From January 1 2017, the child Safety Standards (the Standards) will apply to all organisations that operate and provide sporting service to children within Victoria.
In April 2012, the Victorian Government initiated an inquiry into the handing of child abuse allegations within religious and non-government organisations. The inquiry’s final report, “Betrayal of Trust”, made a number of recommendations that have been acted on by the Victorian Government. The creation of Child Safety Standards (the Standards) was one of the key recommendations. From 1 January 2017, the Standards will apply to sporting organisations that operate and provide sporting services to children within Victoria (including National Sporting Organisations). The Standards apply to organisations as a whole, not only the areas that work with children. The Standards apply to all personnel in organisations. This includes:
- Board of management/committee members
- All paid staff (CEO, Executive, employees)
- All volunteers (coaches, officials, administrators, scorers etc)
- All students on placement
- Any contractors that are engaged.
For more information on the Standards you can use the following links
Commission for Children and Young People - http://www.ccyp.vic.gov.au/child-safe-standards/in...
Victoria Government Department of Human Services - http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/about-the-department/documents-and-resources/policies,-guidelines-and-legislation/child-safe-standards
During 2016, Netball Victoria undertook a compliance audit of its published materials on our website against the Standards. As a result of this audit, two documents have been developed to help support NV and all its affiliates to comply with the new Standards. The Child Safety in Netball Code of Conduct and the Child Safety in Netball Policy have now been published on the NV website. Both of these documents come into effect 1 January 2017.
Netball Victoria encourages all of its affiliates to review their culture, processes and practices against the Child Safety in Netball Code of Conduct and the Standards and make any changes that are required moving forward. Affiliates should adopt and communicate the Child Safety in Netball Code of Conduct and Child Safety in Netball Policy to all members. VICSPORT have also developed some practical information and resources to assist in this review process. Go to: https://vicsport.com.au/child-safe-standards.
The Child Safety in Netball Policy also contains new requirements regarding the Working with Children Check for all Netball Victoria affiliates from 1 January 2017. For further information regarding the new Working with Children Check requirements go to: