Policy of the Month – September, 2020

Our Policy of the Month for September is the Interacting with Children Guidlines!

This week is National Child Protection Week. This year National Child Protection Week will celebrate its 30th year with the theme:

 Putting children first…

‘Putting children first’ was front of mind when the National Child Protection Week campaign was launched in 1990, with the aim of bringing abuse and neglect out of the shadows and putting child wellbeing on the national agenda.

Since then, the need to put children first has been recognised time and time again as an important pillar for boosting the wellbeing of all children in Australia.  

Under this year’s theme of ‘Putting children first’ we invite all Australians to look at how they can prioritise children in their lives and communities and to engage in National Child Protection Week – as individuals, and as part of families, organisations, communities and society.

Putting children first means prioritising the safety and wellbeing of children. To grow up well children need to feel safe and loved, have a chance to play and explore, have a say in decisions that affect them, and access to essential things like food, shelter and healthcare. 

For children to thrive we need to come together as a community and put children’s needs first during National Child Protection Week and every week. 

With that in mind clubs should think about what they need to do ensure children feel safe in your sporting club.

This month we are looking at Interacting with Children Guidelines. These guidelines are for coaches and other personnel to protect them from risk and to keep children safe.

CLICK HERE to download the Interacting with Children Guidelines. It is recommended that sporting organisations develop guidelines tailored to the needs and context of their sport. 

Also take a look at our May 2020 Policy of the Month – Child Safe Policy.