PLBC CHILD SAFE POLICIES

Child Safety Code of Conduct

This Code of Conduct outlines appropriate standards of behaviour by adults towards children.

The Code of Conduct aims to protect children and reduce any opportunities for abuse or harm to occur. It also helps members, volunteers and spectators of the sport by providing them with guidance on how to best support children and how to avoid or better manage difficult situations. All members and volunteers are required to comply.

All PLBC members and volunteers are responsible for promoting the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.

  • Adhering to the child safe policy
  • Treating everyone with respect, including listening to and valuing their ideas and opinions, including listening to children and responding to them appropriately
  • Welcoming all children and their families and carers and being inclusive
  • Respecting cultural, religious and political differences and acting in a culturally sensitive way
  • Supporting children to participate and enjoy surfing/competing rather than focus on winning/losing
  • Act at all times in a fair and sporting manner, compete according to the rules and be respectful officials decisions
  • Modelling/setting a good example of appropriate behaviour for children
  • Taking all responsible steps to protect children from abuse
  • Reporting and acting on any breaches of this Code of Conduct
  • Respect the privacy of children and their families

PLBC members, volunteers and spectators must NOT:

  • Use prejudice, oppressive behaviour or language with children
  • Ignore or disregard any concerns, suspicions or disclosures of child abuse
  • Discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, culture, vulnerability or sexuality
  • Initiate unnecessary physical contact with children, show favouritism or inappropriate attention with specific children
  • Have unauthorised or personal contact with children online or by phone
This policy was written to demonstrate the strong commitment of the Point Lonsdale Boardriders Club (PLBC) to child safety and establishing and maintaining child safe and child friendly environments.
This policy has been approved by the PLBC committee and reflects our commitment to provide a safe environment for our members. This policy is in place to make clear every person has the right to be treated with respect and is safe and protected from abuse. This policy was developed in collaboration with the PLBC members and board.
This policy, from the date of endorsement, applies to all PLBRC members and volunteers and other individuals involved in the Point Lonsdale Boardriders Club.
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Commitment to child safety
All children who are members of the PLBC have a right to feel and be safe.  We are committed to the safety and well-being of all children and young people participating in our club activities. We aim to create a child safe and child friendly environment where all children are valued and feel safe.
Children’s participation
PLBC encourage children to express their views, and make suggestions, especially on matters that directly affect them.  We encourage children who participate in the club activities to ‘have a say’ about those things that are important to them.  We value diversity and do not tolerate any discriminatory practices. We listen to and act on any concerns children, or their parents, raise with us.
Screening Checks for Volunteers
The PLBC is non-for- profit organisation governed by with a Board of Directors. All members of the PLBC committee of management will be required to have a Working with Children Check.
Code of Conduct
PLBC members and volunteers are required to adhere to the code of conduct which outlines the standards of behaviour of adults towards children.
Reporting a child safety concern or complaint
PLBC Co Presidents are the appointed child safety persons with the specific responsibility for responding to any complaints made by PLBRC members, volunteers, parents and children.
All concerns and complaints will be thoroughly considered and responded to appropriately.
Diversity
PLBC values diversity and opposes all forms of harassment, discrimination and bullying.  The club welcomes and supports participation of children from all cultural and linguistic backgrounds and those with a disability. Any concerns about regarding discrimination can be raised with the Committee.
Supervision
Parents or guardians are responsible for their child’s safety at all times and must attend all club social and surfing events that their child participates in.
For surfing events, parents/guardians are responsible for ensuring that their child has the appropriate level of skill and experience for the surfing conditions.
If a parent or guardian cannot attend a particular event at which they choose to allow their child to compete/participate, they are expected to arrange for supervision of their child and do so at their own risk.
Physical Contact
Physical contact with children at surfing events is only considered appropriate if it is:
Required for the child’s safety
Is used to assist in skill (surfer) development
Occurs with the surfer’s and their parent/guardians understanding and permission
Occurs in an open environment
Any contact that frightens, distresses or embarrasses a child, or occurs in a private place is unacceptable
Communication
PLBRC will ensure that everyone to whom this policy applies is aware of and has had an opportunity to read the policy.