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Child Safe Sport

Protecting children from harm and abuse in sport is a priority – we all have a role to play.

The Office of Sport is committed to safeguarding children and young people in sport and recreation. We work with the sector, NSW Office of the Children’s GuardianPlay by the Rules and other lead child safe agencies to help create child safe sport in NSW. 

Child safety in sport and recreation

The Child Safe Standards provide a framework for creating child safe organisations. They emphasise the importance of adopting multiple strategies to address child safety.

The Standards are based on the extensive research and consultation by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. In accordance with the Children's Guardian Act 2019, Sport and Recreation organisations providing services to children are required to implement the Child Safe Standards, under the Child Safe Scheme (as of 1 February 2022).

Employees and volunteers in child-related organisations have an important part to play in creating child safe organisations.

Child Safe related videos

Introduction to the Child Safe Standards and the Child Safe Scheme.
 

Child safe sport tips from journalist and child safe advocate Paul Kennedy. 
 

View the full series

Child safe sport tip 2 - Staff and volunteers
Child safe sport tip 3 - Complaints
Child safe sport tip 4 - Policies
Child safe sport tip 5 - Culture

About grooming - Information for child-related organisations.
 

Getting started - clubs and organisations

While child safety is everyone’s responsibility, club committees must take the lead and put some important foundations in place. Help for club committees getting started.

For practical ways clubs can implement the Standards. Tips for club committees.

Child safety laws in NSW

When it comes to child safety, it’s important to understand there are legal requirements in NSW for sport and recreation organisations, staff and volunteers. Learn more

Working with Children Check

The Working with Children Check (WWCC) is a requirement for anyone in paid or volunteer child-related work in NSW. Employers and organisations must verify the WWCC details of anyone they engage in child-related work.

The Office of the Children’s Guardian manage the WWCC in NSW. Learn more. More information about what parents need to know about the Working with Children Check can be found here. Parents can also verify someone’s WWCC details using the Service NSW app.

Child Safe Reporting

Reporting obligations
Keeping children safe is everyone’s responsibility. Changes to the Crimes Act 1900 in August 2019 strengthened the civic responsibilities of adults in NSW. It is now a criminal offence for adults not to report to police if they ‘know, believe or reasonably ought to know that a child abuse offence has been committed’. In addition, people employed in child-related work may be subject to a criminal offence if they fail to reduce or remove risk of a child becoming a victim of child abuse.

Reporting a concern about an individual child
In an emergency, where there are urgent concerns for a child’s health or life, call the police immediately by dialling 000.

Anyone who suspects, on reasonable grounds, that a child or young person is at risk of harm from abuse or neglect should report it to the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. More information can be found at Communities and Justice.

Mandatory reporters are required by law to report suspected child abuse and neglect to government authorities. Learn more about mandatory reporters and mandatory reporting at Communities and Justice

Kids Helpline is a free, confidential counselling service for young people, and also adults working with and/ or supporting them. Contact them via online chat, email or phone (1800 551 800, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week).

Reporting a concern about an adult or organisation
You can report concerns about an individual or an organisation that you believe is not meeting Child Safe Scheme or Working with Children Check obligations at the Office of the Children’s Guardian.

Managing child related complaints
National Office for Child Safety - Complaint Handling Guide. Upholding the rights of children and young people.

Sharing the message

Organisations are encouraged to share messages about how they are implementing the Child Safe Standards.

See the Office of the Children’s Guardian Child Safe Standards media kit for child safe posters, social media resources, graphics, sample messages and emails.

Play by the Rules:

News and updates

Office of Sport:

Child Safe Standards survey

Complete the short 10 minute, anonymous survey

Child Safe resources

Access to industry links and resources

Child Safe training

View current training and education courses
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