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Child safety is about keeping children and young people safe from abuse and protecting them from people who are identified as unsuitable to work with children. In this Child Safe Sport section we use the terms child safe sport, child safety and child safeguarding to mean pretty much the same thing. You will also see the term child protection in connection with our online course. While these are terms used interchangeably in different contexts, the focus here is simply about keeping children and young people safe from all kinds of abuse.   

Safe and enjoyable sport and recreation experiences are the right of every Australian child. Keeping children and young people safe is a priority and everyone’s responsibility. Let’s help your sport or recreation organisation keep kids safe.

**2021 UPDATE NOTICE** - please note that many of the guidance, templates or policies below were produced as guidance for sporting organisations a number of years ago and as such are currently under review to ensure they are up to date and reflect recent regulatory and legal changes to the community sport landscape. 

As soon as updated versions are available - they will be provided, together with links to up to date source material for your reference.  In the meantime however, please note that these templates are guidance only and remain a template starting point rather than a final document. 

It remains the responsibility of each individual club/sporting organisation to ensure that their club policies and procedures are contemporary, up to date and meet your compliance and legal requirements.  PBTR takes no responsibility for any content that is out of date or inaccurate due to the passage of time.

  • Child Protection Online Course

    Child Protection course

    The Child Protection online training course is free and suitable for players, volunteers, coaches, officials and administrators in sport. The course has many interactive components and you will receive a certificate of completion when you complete all elements. Help ensure your sport is child safe and get started today.

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  • Create a child safe organisation

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    Clubs need a range of strategies in place to keep children safe in sport. Many people associate child safety with employment screening, like working with children checks. But that’s only one of many ways to help keep children safe. 

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  • Child safeguarding laws

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    In Australia, each state and territory has child safety laws that set out responsibilities for both organisations and individuals who work or have contact with children. There is no national child safety system or legislation, so you’ll need to understand what’s required in each state or territory.

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  • Involve children and young people

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    To help safeguard children, your club must ensure they participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously.  

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  • Taking images or video of children at sporting events

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    Taking photographs or video of children is an area that many people feel uncomfortable about and do not know how to handle. There are some guidelines you can use to ensure your sport handles the issue appropriately.

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  • Understanding child abuse

    There are a number of different types of child abuse, not only sexual abuse. Understanding about the different types of child abuse will help you spot indicators of abuse in your sport

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  • Further resources on child safety

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    Links to the most helpful child safety resources for sport and recreation clubs and organisations. 

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