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Child Safety Standards

Ice Sports Victoria’s Statement of Commitment to Child Safety

Our Commitment is to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children involved in ice sports by implementing and complying with the Victorian Child Safe Standards to help protect children and young people under the age of 18 from child abuse and neglect. In Victoria, Child Safe Standards aim to protect children and young people from abuse in organisations, including physical violence, sexual offences, serious emotional or psychological abuse and/or neglect.

As part of these standards, we commit to:

We celebrate diversity across our organisation. In particular, we promote the equal participation and cultural, emotional and physical safety of children and young people. It is the shared responsibility of everyone Ice Sports Victoria comes into contact with to protect children and prevent child abuse and neglect.

Ice Sports Victoria, in addition to the above, also take reasonable steps to promote the cultural safety of Aboriginal Children and Children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds as well as promoting the safety of Children with a disability.

 

CHILD SAFE STANDARDS

About the Standards

Why Do We Have the Standards? In April 2012, the Victorian government initiated an inquiry into the handling of child abuse allegations within religious and other 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 Safe Standards (the Standards) was one of the key recommendations.

From 1 January 2017, the Child Safe 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 your organisation. This includes:

 

What Do I Need To Know? The Standards are flexible and principle based. The Standards apply to the safety of all children who are involved in your sport. Research shows that children from some population groups are at a higher risk of abuse than others. As such, each of the Standards must also be understood and applied in the context of:

 

For the purpose of these Standards a child is defined as a person under the age of 18 years.

 

What Are The Standards?

  1. Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements
  2. A child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety
  3. A code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children
  4. Screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel
  5. Processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse 6. Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse
  6. Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse
  7. Strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children 

 

What Steps Does Our Club Need to Take?

STEP 1: Develop a working group or sub-committee

STEP 2: Undertake a child safety review

STEP 3: Understand your level of risk

STEP 4: Identify any further information, advice or support needed

STEP 5: Develop and implement an action plan

 

 

Contact Details

The Department of Health & Human Services

(03) 9096 000
childsafestandards@dhhs.vic.gov.au
www.dhs.vic.gov.au

 

The Commission for Children and Young People

03 8601 5281
childsafestandards@ccyp.vic.gov.au
www.ccyp.vic.gov.au

 

Vicsport

03 9698 8109
www.vicsport.com.au/child-safe-standards

 

If you require further information, please contact development@icesportsvictoria.org.au