The Working with Children Check is only one small component of ensuing children are safe in your environment. While a criminal record check can be an important tool in an organisation’s approach to being ‘child safe’, they can’t identify people who have not previously been caught or are yet to offend. Good child safe policies and practices are the best way to reduce potential environmental risks and keep kids safer. Implementing effective child safe policies and practices is the best way for an organisation to protect the children they are involved with.

A Child Safe organisation:

The checklist provided by the Office of Children’s Guardian is a great way to get started in putting Child Safe practices into place and can be downloaded here

Netball NSW has also produced a detailed guide to help support in the implementation of child safe practises and can be downloaded here

The following websites contain further information and resources to support Clubs and Associations:

Play by the Rules – Child protection strategies, online training and support templates and resources for Clubs

Office of the Children’s Guardian – Child Safe Sports information, resources and courses

SMARTPLAY – Sport safety and injury prevention

Cyber (smart:) – Keeping young people safe online

Keep Them Safe – A NSW government website dedicated to child safety

Australian Childhood Foundation – Advise on child protection and child abuse

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