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Child Safety Policy

Updated: Jun 30, 2023

Please find attached our Child Safety Policy

WYFNC Child Safety Policy
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Child Safety Code of Conduct

CHILD SAFETY CODE OF CONDUCT  

WYFNC is committed to promoting and protecting children and young people from all forms of  abuse, racism, neglect and maltreatment.  

This Code of Conduct sets expectations for how committee members, staff, volunteers and  contractors at WYFNC should behave around children and young people. This helps children and  young people to participate safely in our programs and competitions and have fun.  All committee members, staff, volunteers and contractors must always follow these standards of  behaviour, including when at WYFNC venues, attending training, competitions or camps and in  online communication.  

What happens if you breach this Code of Conduct?  

Not following standards of acceptable and unacceptable behaviour is a breach of this Code of  Conduct and may result in disciplinary action, including and up to termination of employment  or cessation of engagement with WYFNC. Breaches will also be reported to the relevant  authorities.  

It is expected that all board members, staff, volunteersand contractors within the WYFNC community WILL:

• Adhere to relevant Australian and Victorian legislation, peak body requirements, WYFNC Child  Safety and Wellbeing Policy and other organisational policies and by-laws (including those that  cover discrimination, bullying and harassment).  

• Report and act on any behavioural complaints, concerns or observed breaches regarding the  Code of Conduct.  

• Report any concern, allegation, disclosure or witnessing of child abuse to the relevant person  or authority.  

• Treat all children and young people with respect, regardless of race, colour, sex, gender  identity, sexual orientation, language, religion, political or other opinion.

• Make Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island children and families feel included, welcome, able to  express their culture and enjoy their cultural rights  

• Listen to and value children and young people’s ideas and opinions and respond to them if  they feel unsafe.  

• Report any conflicts of interest (such as an outside relationship with a child, babysitting  arrangements or any other formal or informal relationships with a child that exist outside your  organisational setting).  

• Refrain from physical contact with children and young people except for the purposes of  develop relevant sports skills or techniques and treating or preventing an injury.  

It is expected that all committee members, staff, volunteers and contractors within the  WYFNCcommunity WILL NOT:  

• Condone or participate in illegal, unsafe, abusive or harmful behaviour towards children and  young people – this includes physical violence, sexual abuse, emotional or psychological  abuse, grooming, neglect or sexual misconduct.  

• Ignore or disregard any concerns, suspicions or disclosures of child abuse or harm.  

• Be abusive or intimidating – such as yelling, moving into another person’s personal space,  finger pointing, talking over the top of others.  

• Use offensive language – swearing, using racial, cultural, homophobic or sexist slurs.  

• Develop ‘special’ relationships with specific children or show favouritism through the  provision of gifts or unnecessary or unsuitable attention.  

• Spend time alone with a child in a secluded environment, being out of direct line of sight.  

• Initiate unnecessary physical contact with children or young people or do things of a personal  nature that they can do for themselves (such as changing clothes).  

• Enter changing facilities without first knocking.  

• Use private text messages to communicate with a child or young person where open  communication is possible.  

• Engage in unauthorised contact with a child or young person online for the purpose of  developing a sexual relationship and/or communicate with a child about romantic, intimate or  sexual feelings.  

• Take explicit photographs of children or young people or show them pictures, animations,  images or websites of an inappropriate or adult nature.

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