Community and Sporting Groups
In NSW and QLD you do not have mandatory reporting obligations but you are well placed to observe children who may be showing indicators of abuse or risk of abuse.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse made a number of specific recommendations for sport, recreation, arts, culture, community and hobby groups which specifically impact on your duty of care to children.
Recognising The Risks
It is important as adults to be able to recognise indicators of abuse and understand the dynamics of Child Abuse so they know how to do something about reporting and so that you can ensure all procedures are appropriate.
Check out of blog post discussing the regrets of Sydney dance school owners who failed to see and respond appropriately.
It is too late to protect children being regretful after the fact
Given the regular engagement of children with community groups, it is also important to be aware of appropriate practices to minimise the risk to children and potential allegations against staff and the organisation.
How We Help:
Developing and/or reviewing your policies and procedures and practices,
Staff and volunteer training in at risk indicators and reporting obligations,
Refresher training in at risk indicators and reporting obligations.
Browse our current course material or contact us today to discuss how we can help you.