North Curl Curl SLSC is committed to the health, safety, protection, welfare and well-being of all its members and is dedicated to providing a safe, fun and enjoyable environment for all members participating in surf lifesaving activities. This is outlined in detail in the Member Protection Policy found at SLSA Member Protection Policy.
The Member Protection Policy conveys a message to all North Curl SLSC members, and prospective members, responsible for surf lifesaving activities, particularly those involving members under 18 years of age, about minimising risk exposure of these members. We take an inclusive approach, ensuring all of our members are treated with respect and dignity and are protected from discrimination, harassment and abuse regardless of gender, age, ability or nationality.
Our aim is to create a safe and nurturing environment for all members participating in Surf Life Saving by following the member protection code of conduct Click here to view the Code of Conduct
SAFEGUARDING OUR CHILDREN – CODES OF CONDUCT
Our Club is committed to the safeguarding of children and young people in Surf Life Saving through the SLSA Safeguarding Children and Young People Program.
The Code of Conduct represents the minimum standards of member behaviour and must be complied with at all times. Within that framework we strive to create a safe, positive and inclusive environment for all members.
North Curl Curl SLSC takes seriously its responsibility to deliver a safe, fair and inclusive environment for children and young people involved in Surf Lifesaving. North Curl Curl promotes equity, respect and diversity by:
- creating and maintaining a child safe culture that is understood, endorsed and put into action to protect our young members.
- actively anticipating our young members’ diverse circumstances and responding effectively to those with additional vulnerabilities.
- empowering our young members by giving them a voice and encouraging them to speak up on decisions that affect them; creating a fun and positive environment whilst providing them access to information and support. Paying attention to our young members who come from culturally diverse backgrounds, anyone who has identified as LGBTIQ and understanding the needs of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members. North Curl SLSC is committed to keeping our young members safe from abuse and neglect.
NSW WORKING WITH CHILDREN (WWCC)
North Curl Curl SLSC has a strong interest in keeping children safe. As a club, we comply with the Child Protection legislation where all members in child-related roles are required to have a WWCC.
The WWCC is managed by the Office of the Children’s Guardian (OCG) and involves a national criminal history check and review of findings of workplace misconduct. The result of a WWCC is either a clearance to work with children for five years, or a bar against working with children. Cleared applicants are subject to ongoing monitoring, and relevant new records may lead to the clearance being revoked.
All NSW Surf Life Saving (SLS) members and employees (over the age of 18years) require a WWWCC from April 2015 if they are undertaking a child-related role. However, whilst there are a number of exemptions, which are explained here in Child Protection and the NSW Working With Children Check guidelines, we do ask all active members to provide the club with their WWCC.
NORTH CURL CURL & SLSA: RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
North curl Curl young members, leaders and the organisation reserve certain rights as members and carry with them certain responsibilities.
Young Members have the right:
- to be safe;
- to be listened to;
- to be respected;
- to privacy;
- to take calculated risks in a protective environment;
- to an inclusive environment;
- to be referred to professional help if needed;
- to be protected from abuse by other members or outside sources.
Young members are responsible for:
- Showing respect to other young members and SLSA leaders;
- Keeping themselves safe;
- Accurately report inappropriate behaviour or risky situations for youth members
North Curl Curl leaders have the right to:
- access to ongoing training and information on all aspects of leading/managing surf lifesaving activities for youths, particularly member protection;
- support in the reporting of suspected abuse;
- access to professional support services;
- fair and equitable treatment by SLSA according to SLSA
Nort Curl Curl leaders are responsible for:
- fostering team work to ensure the safety of young members in their care;
- using appropriate team management behaviour;
iii. responding to youth members’ statements concerns about alleged abuse;
- ensuring the rights and responsibilities of youth members are enforced;
- reporting suspected abuse to the appropriate SLSA authority;
- not abusing members physically, emotionally or sexually;
vii. maintaining confidentiality about sensitive information as designated by the appropriate SLSA authority.
SLSA REPORTING GUIDELINES
All North Curl Curl SLSC members have a responsibility to speak up if they become aware of or observe something considered inappropriate.
All reports submitted will be treated in absolute confidence and with the utmost respect for all those involved.