New rules will soon apply to Victorian Sports Clubs
From 1 January 2017, the Victorian Child Safety Standards will apply to sporting organisations that operate and provide sporting services to children within Victoria (including community sports clubs). There are seven different requirements which make up the standards, and with which clubs will be required to comply.
The standards relate to child protection within your club and include requirements to have practices, procedures and policies in place. In the lead up to implementation, sporting organisations should now be starting to look at reviewing their compliance with the standards and considering if the culture and environment within their organisation is supportive and protective of children. The following video provides a summary of the standards and the work the sport sector is currently undertaking.
In conjunction with Vicsport, GippSport is currently developing a practical guide outlining steps clubs can take and planning information sessions and workshops for club administrators & volunteers to attend. It is hoped that the support put in place throughout the coming months will assist all clubs in transitioning to the new legislation and therefore, ensuring those within community sport also meet the new requirements.
Please refer to the below headings for some resources & information on the standards.
- Child Safe Standards: What do they mean?
- Child Safe Standards: What does a child safe sports club look like?
More information regarding the support that GippSport will be providing to clubs across the region will be provided in the coming months. If you have any questions, please dont hesitate to contact us.