CHILD SAFETY STANDARDS
The Victorian Child Safe Standards apply to all sporting organisations that provide services or facilities to children within Victoria.
The Standards relate to developing a child safe culture within your club and include requirements to have practices, procedures and policies in place to prevent and respond to allegations of child abuse.
As of 1 January 2017, Victorian law requires all organisations that work with children to meet the Victorian Child Safe Standards. VicSport provide resources for Clubs to help them comply with the Child Safety Standards.
Bowls Victoria has created a Sample Child Safety Policy to assist clubs with their compliance responsibilities.
WORKING WITH CHILDREN’S CHECK
A Working With Children Check (WWCC) is a mandatory requirement for anyone who works or volunteers in child-related work in Victoria. Anyone at your Club who comes into direct contact with children MUST have a WWCC. Please visit our Training + Education page to apply online.
WWCC RECORD KEEPING
Club are required by law to record who at their club holds a Working With Children Check. This WWCC Record Keeping Sheet is helpful worksheet for recording relevant information about who at your Club needs and holds a Check, such as application/card numbers and expiry dates.
BV’S COMMITMENT TO CHILD SAFETY
Bowls Victoria is committed to promoting and protecting the interests and safety of all children and young people and has zero tolerance for child abuse which includes anything that compromises the health and well-being of children.
Everyone involved with Bowls Victoria, its Member Clubs, committees and activities are responsible for the care and protection of children under 18. This includes reporting information about child abuse to the relevant authority.
REPORT A CHILD SAFETY CONCERN
REPORTING A CHILD IN IMMEDIATE DANGER
If you or a child you are concerned about is in immediate danger or your/their life is at risk, please call the Victorian Police on 000 immediately.
BOWLS VICTORIA CONTACT INFORMATION
Child Safe Officer: John Roberts – 0417 330 070
Member Protection Information Officer: Sean O’Kane – 0429 690 661
WHAT IS CHILD ABUSE?
FURTHER INFORMATION + SUPPORT
Kids Help Line: 1800 55 1800
Child Wise: 1800 991 099