SOUTH Australia’s Office for Recreation and Sport is working to ensure sports clubs are places children and young people can be safe from abuse or neglect.
Sports clubs and similar organisations must now meet a series of requirements – including the lodgment of a child-safe compliance statement and the training of all State-level coaches, managers and officials in child protection – before they will be considered for some grants and funding opportunities.
More than 800 people from around the State have attended free child-safe training courses since 2011, and a further 20 courses are planned for 2013.
The office has also distributed 20,000 copies of its information booklet “Keeping Children Safe in Recreation and Sport” and supplied clubs with resources including a child-safe environments checklist and a policy template.
Office for Recreation and Sport executive director Paul Anderson said child protection was vitally important.
“Following changes to the Children’s Protection Act in 2009, the ORS immediately recognised the need to ensure all those working and volunteering in the sport and recreation sector were adequately resourced and trained,” he said.
“We can all combine together to share the responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of our children.”
– Details: For more information on child protection in sport and the requirements on clubs and recreational organisations, visit www.recsport.sa.gov.au/training-support/CPSE -Strategies.html.
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