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Child Safety

Child Safety at Sunbury Basketball  

The safety, participation and empowerment of the children associated with Sunbury Basketball Association (SBA) will always be our first priority. 

All children who are a part of SBA and affiliated Clubs have a right to feel safe and to be safe.  At SBA, everyone must adhere to our accepted ethical framework, safety screening, policies and procedures and Codes of Conduct to ensure we provide our young people with the highest standard of care. 

Our Commitment to Child Safety  

 

At Sunbury Basketball, we want children to be safe, happy and empowered. We support and respect all children, as well as our staff and volunteers.  

Our Association is committed to child safety. 

We are committed to the safety, participation, and empowerment of all children. 

We have zero tolerance of child abuse, and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and consistently with our robust policies and procedures. 

We have legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety, which we follow rigorously. 

  • Our Association is committed to preventing child abuse and identifying risks early and removing and reducing these risks. 

  • We support and respect all children, as well as our staff and volunteers. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children, the cultural safety of children from a culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability. 

  • If you believe a child is at immediate risk of abuse phone 000. 

Child Safety In Victoria 

The Victorian Child Safe Standards, introduced in January 2016, aim to protect children from abuse in organisations, including physical violence, sexual offences, serious emotional or psychological abuse and neglect.  Changes have been made to make the standards even stronger, these changes come into effect on 1 July 2022.  All child based organisations need to be compliant with the standards. 

To create and maintain a child safe organisation, Sunbury Basketball must have: 

Standard 1:

Organisations establish a culturally safe environment in which the diverse and unique identities and experiences of Aboriginal children and young people are respected and valued. 

Standard 2:

Child safety and wellbeing is embedded in organisational leadership, governance and culture. 

Standard 3:

Children and young people are empowered about their rights, participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously. 

Standard 4:

Families and communities are informed and involved in promoting child safety and wellbeing. 

Standard 5:

Equity is upheld, and diverse needs respected in policy and practice. 

Standard 6:

People working with children and young people are suitable and supported to reflect child safety and wellbeing values in practice. 

Standard 7:

Processes for complaints and concerns are child focused. 

Standard 8: 

Staff and volunteers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children and young people safe through ongoing education and training. 

Standard 9: 

Physical and online environments promote safety and wellbeing while minimising the opportunity for children and young people to be harmed. 

Standard 10 

Implementation of the Child Safe Standards is regularly reviewed and improved. 

Standard 11: 

Policies and procedures document how the organisation is safe for children and young people. 

Key Documents 

Child Safe Policy and Code of Conduct 

SBA’s Child Safe Policy [coming soon] and Basketball Victoria’s Code of Conduct create our foundation for a child safe environment, promotes good practice and provides children and young people with appropriate safety and protection whilst in the care of SBA, and allows staff and volunteers to make informed and confident responses to specific child protection issues. 

Child Safe Reporting 

The Child Safe Incident Reporting Process  provides clear procedures for responding to and reporting child safety concerns or child abuse. 

 

SBA’s Child Safe Incident Report Form  is to be used for ALL child safety incidents, including any child abuse incident or allegation. 

 

Submit Incident Report Form to childsafety@sunburybasketball.com.au  

Mandatory Training 

All coaches, assistant coaches and team managers are required to undergo Child Safety Training, either provided by the SBA or via the online link below.  

 

If conducting the online training, a copy of the certificate must be emailed to childsafety@sunburybasketball.com.au   

 

TRAINING MUST BE COMPLETED BY THE 30TH JUNE 2024. 

Child Safe Procedure 

SBA’s Child Safe Procedure [coming soon] explains the processes for identifying, responding, and reporting suspected child safety concerns or abuse. 

Working with Children Check and Member Protection Declaration 

All adult Coaches, Team Managers, Officials, Staff and Volunteers working with children under the age of 18 are required to provide a current Working with Children Check (WWCC), linked to the Association and Member Protection Statutory Declaration.   

If you require a WWCC you can apply for one here: https://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/   

Please also read SBA’s Working with Children Check Policy and Working with Children Check Procedure  

 

The Basketball Victoria Member Protection By-Law sets out the obligations for screening persons who work with children and deal with discrimination, harassment, and vilification in an effective, appropriate and timely manner. 

Online Training 

You will need to create an account with SPORT INTEGRITY AUSTRALIA to access the link.  

The course will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. 

 

Coaches, Team Managers and Officials are required to undergo Child Safety Training annually. 

The courses are available to anyone who would like to complete the training. 

Safeguarding Children and Young People in Sport Induction   

Contact us

Our team is here to support you and we encourage you to reach out for a confidential chat when needed. 

 

Narelle Montgomery – Child Safety Officer childsafety@sunburybasketball.com.au  

Jenny Baldwin (Woodend Hawks Basketball Club) 

Janet Shipley (Superoos Basketball Club) 

 

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