Safe Clubs for ALL

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Jahan Emery

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Adelaide University Sport clubs are involved in shaping young people not only in sport but in life. Many clubs may engage a person at the start of the year who is attending the University but not yet over the age of 18. Adelaide University Sport and our 35 different sporting clubs value the contribution of young people and want to ensure that we are providing a safe and supportive environment for them.

Matt Mooney, President of the Adelaide University Rugby Club, acknowledges the value of having official juniors at the club. “The culture of our club has changed over the last few years and has seen a real shift in how we talk about difficult issues that affect young people. We want to ensure children and young people are safe to achieve their best, both on and off the pitch and is only achieved through a communal commitment and awareness of not just what is required to comply with the law but also how to openly deal with child safety concerns, when and if they happen.”

For a club that does not have an official junior program, it is still important to consider the implication of those under the age of 18. The Adelaide University Basketball Club has been proactive with this approach. "We aim to be an inclusive club and welcome all new uni students who are interested in playing, so this means we often have a handful of juniors joining, especially during O'Week", says Ellen Schultz, the club's Vice President. She goes on to say, "staying on top of Child Safe Environment requirements means we don't have to turn anyone away. In addition to this, having large numbers of new students at the start of the year can be chaotic sometimes so it's better from a risk management perspective to be proactive, so there's no chance of any non-compliance issues arising. A number of our players also have kids who are often around at club events."

To support ALL Adelaide University Sport clubs who manage members who are under the age of 18, we provide a number of resources outlining what our clubs need to have in place to ensure that their club culture is inclusive and supportive. Our Sport Development Officer, Sara Lane says, “we have recently reviewed our resources for clubs and this was done due to the fact that from 1 July 2019, the State Government’s Department of Human Services has now introduced new screening laws for people working with, or volunteering with children. We will be here to support our clubs through this change and be there to support our youngest members".

In summary, if you have control over, lead, assist or have access to personal information of children or young person, you will need the new Working with Children Check from 1 July 2019. All Adelaide University Sport Clubs are reminded to look over the updated information to see what your club needs to do.

To access Adelaide University Sport's Child Safe Environment Policy, Club Resouces and to start your Working with Child Check screening click HERE.

If you have any questions or concerns about Child Safe Environments please email