Risk Management and Child Safe Environments

RISK MANAGEMENT

Risk is inherent in the nature of the operations and undertakings of Adelaide University Sport (AU Sport), its affiliated sporting clubs and its members. Risk management is not just about compliance; it is also about good business and a sign of a well-managed organisation.
 
We recognise that there are risks specific to every sport club affiliated with AU Sport and each club needs to addresses both the sport specific risks as well as risks common to many clubs. Club Administrators are required, on an annual basis (DUE July 31 2017), to complete a Risk Management Assessment, which includes an audit and action plan; and provide a copy of their Audit and Plan to AU Sport.

Club administrators who have undertaken the process previously, will notice a few changes as the following documentation has been updated based on industry requirements. From 2017, Clubs will be required to submit this documentation by mid-February. This is so that  status of all club assessments can be reported to the AU Sport Board. Clubs who believe this will be an issues are asked to discuss the matter with AU Sport SDO Sara Lane.

Supporting documents: Additional information for those undertaking 'high risk' activities, driving a boat or towing an item can be found here.

CHILD SAFE ENVIRONMENTS

AU Sport is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all young people and children accessing our services or our clubs; and all AU Sport clubs are required to address the issues around Child Safe Environments either by meeting the requirements of their State Sporting Organisation (SSO) or AU Sport.

Everyone involved in a recreation group or sporting club has a responsibility to care and protect any children (those under the age of 18 years of age) who participate in their club activities. The Children’s Protection Act 1993 makes it a legal requirement for certain people to report a reasonable suspicion or incidences of abuse or neglect. This obligation is known as mandatory notification and a penalty may stem from an individual’s failure to comply. Notifications must be made to Families SA Child Abuse Report Line on 13 14 78.

Mandated notifiers are an employer of, or volunteer in, a government or non-government organisation that provides health, welfare, education, sporting or recreational, child care or residential services wholly or partly for children.
 
AU Sport has developed guidelines for those clubs that have ‘official’ junior programs and for those clubs that don’t. If you are unsure of what your club needs to do around ‘Child Safe Environments’ look at the documentation below or email sdo@theblacks.com.au

Supporting documents: Additional Resources:
As a club volunteer, you may need to have a Police Check undertaken for your Club. AU Sport provides the opportunity for you to obtain this Police Check free of charge if you are working with vulnerable groups (i.e. minors, those with a disability).