Safe Clubs 4 Kids videos

The WA Sports Federation produced the Safe Clubs 4 Kids videos in partnership with Channel 7 Perth to promote the message that creating a child safe environment is something we can all do.

These videos allow engagement with regional, remote and metropolitan sport and recreation organisations to highlight a few simple steps that may assist in creating a positive, fun and safe club environment for all young people. 

The videos can be viewed both individually or in a sequence, depending on the relevance to you and your club.

The videos, produced in October 2016, were designed to assist clubs to get the conversations started to work towards safeguarding the thousands of children and young people involved in sport and recreation across Western Australia.

1. Safe Clubs 4 Kids: Why you should think about it

The “Why you should think about it” video is about raising the awareness of child safeguarding in sport and in general. It highlights that many great memories and friendships are created as children participating in a club but also the reality of child abuse.

Examples of how to use this video:

  • The State Sporting Association wants to raise awareness of the importance of child safeguarding practices in clubs. This video link can be sent out to clubs alongside any child safeguarding policies, procedures or guidelines to remind the clubs what they can be doing to create a safe environment.
  • A senior club is looking at opening up to juniors. The club could show the video at a committee meeting or AGM to highlight that they will need to prioritise child safeguarding practices to ensure that they keep their young members safe.

2. Safe Clubs 4 Kids: Get on the front foot

The “Get on the front foot” video highlights that it takes a few simple steps to create safe environments for children and young people. The video details the “Safe Clubs 4 Kids – 4 considerations”, which enable clubs to adopt a proactive approach to creating a safe environment.

Examples of how to use this video:

  • The State Sporting Association creates a “Child Safeguarding” section on their website. On the web page they talk about the importance of child safeguarding and strategies to help create a safe environment. The State Sporting Association could embed this video (or any of the other relevant videos) onto the website.
  • A club representative attended a “Safe Clubs 4 Kids” workshop and wants to talk to the committee about what they learnt and what the club could consider putting in place. They could show this video to the committee first and then talk about how they could implement the four considerations.

3. Safe Clubs 4 Kids: Get the right people

The “Get the right people” video focuses on the stages of screening of those in child related work and those in positions of responsibility. Ensuring you are getting the right people will encourage a safe and positive experience for all. The video highlights that organisations should not solely rely on a Working with Children check and points out the other important screening strategies.

Examples of how to use this video:

  • The State Sporting Association have developed a screening procedure that they would like to roll down to the clubs. To give them a better understanding as to why the procedure is important and being implemented, the State Sporting Association can send out the video link alongside the screening procedure.
  • A club wants to know what more they can do to recruit the right people. They can watch the video to find out what other screening strategies they could implement.

4. Safe Clubs 4 Kids: The screen test

“The screen test” video features representatives from the Working with Children Screening Unit as they talk about some of the legislation relevant to the sport and recreation industry, including exemptions, the different criminal record checks  and the benefits of using these for clubs.

Examples of how to use this video:

  • The State Sporting Association wants to highlight the importance of complying with the Working with Children Check legislation, so they can send out Video 4 to clubs to view. This will raise awareness and remind volunteers about some of the relevant legislation and criminal record checks.
  • A club wants volunteers to have a better understanding of why some members require a Working with Children check, why some are exempt and also the other criminal record checks. The club might send the video link out in an email, alongside their screening procedure document.

5. Safe Clubs 4 Kids: The gut feel

“The gut feel” video is about what to do if a person suspects or has been informed that a child is being abused. The video highlights the message that people don’t need to be a child protection expert and should contact the relevant organisations. In this video, a representative from the Department for Child Protection and Family Support talks about how to respond to a child who discloses they have been abused.

Examples of how to use this video:

  • The State Sporting Association have been informed about an incident where a child has been abused. As a timely reminder, they could send out a copy of a flowchart that they have put together regarding reporting child abuse. They could also attach this video to support the document.
  • A club wants to prioritise the safety of children and young people and have implemented a reporting flowchart in the event that volunteers suspect a young person has been abused or the young person discloses that they have been abused. The club could present the flowchart and show Video 5 at the AGM or club forum.

6. Safe Clubs 4 Kids: Have a chat

The “Have a chat” video highlights the importance of having regular constructive conversations about child safety within a club. It also points out what parents, caregivers and schools may be teaching young people to assist them to feel safe and confident about asking for help.

Examples of how to use this video:

  • The State Sporting Association might have decided to send out each of these videos at different stages to remind clubs about the importance of child safeguarding and how they can create a safe environment. This video could be part of the series about continuing the conversation and reminding clubs, members and parents that they can help to create a safe environment and keep young people safe.
  • The club holds a session with the coaches to talk about the requirements of the role. The club could show this video to raise awareness of what young people are learning about protective behaviours. That the coach might be one of their trusted adults or that it’s okay to say no to something they don’t like. Or a club might email the link to parents at the start of a season along with any child safeguarding information – this video may prompt parents to have a chat with their children about speaking to someone they trust if something doesn’t feel right.

Please note

If the content of any of this videos have caused you or someone you know any distress, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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