What is Safe Clubs 4 Kids?
The Safe Clubs 4 Kids initiative encourages and
supports the sport and active recreation industry to
create and maintain safe environments for children
and young people.
Children should be able to grow and develop in a safe
environment without the risk of harm. Most people
who volunteer or work with children are safe and do
so to make a positive contribution and help children
develop to their full potential.
History shows that child abuse occurs across all
sectors of the community, including the area of sport
and active recreation. However, by taking a few
simple steps such as the Safe Clubs 4 Kids
4 considerations, you can adopt a proactive approach
to creating a safe environment for children and young
Everyone can play a part in keeping children safe
whilst having fun in the sport and active recreation
1. Make your rules clear
Create, promote and follow appropriate policies, procedures and guidelines.
- Ensure policies, procedures and guidelines are clear, followed and easily accessible by all.
- Have clear processes for responding to harassment, discrimination, bullying and abuse.
2. Get the right people
Follow a screening procedure to recruit the right people.
- Stage 1. Recruitment and selection
- Stage 2. Reference checks
- Stage 3. Criminal record checks, including Working with Children Checks
- Stage 4. Respond to any person with a criminal record check and/or feedback of broader concern
- Stage 5. Appointment and induction
- Stage 6. Provide ongoing support, training and supervision
3. Involve children and young people
Create a culture where everyone can talk and act together.
- Have an open culture where all members know how and where to give feedback, raise concerns and
feel confident the club will respond.
- Talk to children and young people about their right to feel safe and what they think will make a great
- Regularly promote that the club prioritises the safety of children and young people.
4. Learn and respond
Have an understanding of children’s needs and appropriate responses to any concerns,
- Support members to feel confident in their understanding of child abuse, know where to raise
concerns and respond to any disclosures, allegations or suspicions of child abuse.
- Identify and advertise the person in your club who can be contacted by those wanting to raise an issue
How to report a disclosure
or suspicion of abuse
The diagram below provides some guidelines about reporting:
- Child reports, you observe or suspect an incident of child abuse.
- If you suspect
a child is in
danger or for
contact WA Police
- Report to the
Support or the
WA Police as
soon as possible.
- Report to
at the club who
of the incident
- The Department of Communities Child Protection and Family Support
or the WA Police will give advice on the next steps.
For non life-threatening incidents contact:
Department of Communities Child Protection and Family Support
Business hours 61 8 9222 2555 or 1800 622 258
After hours or crisis care 61 8 9223 1111 or 1800 199 008
WA Police 131 444
Want to learn more?
Attend a Safe Clubs 4 Kids workshop to:
- Increase awareness about how to create child safe environments.
- Understand the importance of criminal record checks, including Working with Children Checks.
- Learn how to respond to and report a disclosure or suspicion of child abuse.
- Identify useful resources and contacts for support.