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Safeguarding children - what sport and recreation organisations can do

The majority of NSW dedicated sport volunteers work hard to create great experiences for children and young people across the state.

Safeguarding children in sport and recreation goes beyond working with children checks – our sector relies on committed leadership, a child safe culture and strategies to build child safe organisations.

Many NSW sporting organisations are developing and/or implementing enhanced safeguarding children approaches. Sport and recreation clubs and associations are encouraged to talk to their peak, state or national body about policies and programs in place in their sport. With a motivated base, the sector is well positioned to build on the Royal Commission learnings to better safeguard children.

The Office encourages sport and recreation organisations to improve their safeguarding children knowledge and capabilities through the following resources.

Play by the Rules

Child Protection Online - Free, interactive online training course suitable for coaches, administrators, officials, players, parents and spectators.

Child Protection - Information on child safe strategies, laws and oblications.

Resources - Templates, podcasts and resources.

Office of the Children's Guardian

Child Safe face-to-face training - Free child safe training sessions for people working or volunteering in child related organisations in NSW. The sessions will provide you with skills and resources to help you establish more effective methods to manage risk and focus on creating safe environments for children and young people.

Child Safe eLearning - To complement face-to-face training, the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian has launched a suite of Child Safe eLearning packages. Topics covered include: Policies and procedures; Organisational culture; Risk Management; Reporting allegations; Recruitment processes; The Working With Children Check.

Become a child safe organisation - Tips and guidelines.

Principles for Child-Safe Organisations - The Office of the Children’s Guardian has developed the Principles for Child-Safe Organisations to help organisations create safer environments for the children they are involved with.

Working with Children Check - Steps to complete the application process, fact sheets and resources.

Australian Sports Commission Child Safe Sport Toolkit - Designed for National Sporting Organisations (NSOs) to develop a set of policies and procedures to keep children and young people in their sport safe from abuse.
Royal Commission Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse - Final report to the Governor-General, detailing the culmination of a five year inquiry into institutional responses to child sexual abuse and related matters.
Family & Community Services Child Protection Helpline

Child Protection Helpline
132 111
Available 24/7

Concerns about children

If you believe a child is in immediate danger or in a life-threatening situation, contact the NSW Police immediately by dialling 000.

Anyone who suspects, on reasonable grounds, that a child or young person is at risk of harm should report it to the Child Protection Helpline.