Support, resources and information to creating safe club environments.
Integrity is the
basis of sport's reputation for fair and ethical behaviour. The
department acknowledges that industry leadership is essential to retain
community confidence that sport in Western Australia is being played in a
safe, fair and ethical way.
The incidence of integrity issues across areas such as sports
betting, child safety, drugs (performance and image enhancing drugs,
illicit drugs and alcohol), concussion, corruption, violence and
inappropriate behaviour threatens the positive reputation and image of
sport and recreation.
It’s important to proactively develop responses to safeguard the
integrity and values which makes sport and recreation a fundamental part
of Australian culture.
Western Australian community standards and norms continue to evolve
and it is the department's responsibility to lead the way in ensuring
that the sport and recreation industry keeps up with these changes in
The department collaborates with a variety of other organisations including SportWest, Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA), WA Police (WAPOL) and Sports Medicine WA (SMAWA) to provide support, resources and information to the industry and wider community.
The department provides policy position statements on
a range of industry issues, such as alcohol and community sport, child
safeguarding, concussion, performance enhancing drugs in sport and
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
Create, promote and follow appropriate policies, procedures and guidelines.
Follow a screening procedure to recruit the right people.
Create a culture where everyone can talk and act together.
Have an understanding of children’s needs and appropriate responses to any concerns,
The diagram below provides some guidelines about reporting:
For non life-threatening incidents contact:
Department of Communities Child Protection and Family SupportBusiness 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
Attend a Safe Clubs 4 Kids workshop to:
Do not submit enquiries with this form.