The issue of child abuse is a complex problem that has an impact on all areas of society, including participation in sport and recreation activities.
Protecting children from abuse is a responsibility that we must all undertake. Through the implementation of strategies that assist in preventing child abuse from occurring, Golden Knights Martial Arts and Kids Karate has taken a pro-active role in relation to child protection and intervention. These strategies will help to foster a safe and positive environment for children and young people to participate in physical activities.
In addition, development of Child Protection and Intervention Policy and Guidelines provides the organisation with an excellent risk management tool for developing prevention strategies and for the effective management of child abuse issues within sport.
Information contained in this document will create a framework and provide direction for instructors, members and parents of children and young people involved in Golden Knights Martial Arts and Kids Karate and affiliated regional and local clubs. It will help deliver a consistent approach to child abuse prevention at all levels of the sport and recreation industry.
Golden Knights Martial Arts and Kids Karate is committed to ensuring that the safety, welfare and wellbeing of children are maintained at all times during their participation in activities run. Golden Knights Martial Arts and Kids Karate aims to promote a safe environment for all children and to assist all instructors and members to recognise child abuse and neglect and follow the appropriate notification procedures when reporting alleged abuse.
The focus of the policy and guidelines is the prevention of child abuse in the sporting environment.
This policy and guidelines promote the care and protection of children participating in martial arts and self defence and provide information and direction for instructors and members of the organisation.
This policy and guidelines will assist Golden Knights Martial Arts and Kids Karate in establishing coordinated strategies for dealing with the problem of child abuse and neglect in a responsible, effective and consistent manner.
Through the development of this policy Golden Knights Martial Arts and Kids Karate objectives are to:
- provide information to assist instructors and members in dealing with all forms of child abuse
- provide comprehensive guidelines relating to risk minimisation and reporting/ notification procedures
- provide direction to all instructors and members regarding their legal responsibilities under child protection legislation
- promote and adopt best practise principles for child protection and intervention amongst instructors, members and parents of children participating in the organisation’s programs and competitions.
Scope of policy
The Child Protection Intervention Policy of Golden Knights Martial Arts and Kids Karate are applicable to all instructors and members (paid, voluntary, permanent or casual) of Golden Knights Martial Arts and Kids Karate, and its affiliated regional/ local clubs.
Implementation of legislation
In order to implement the child protection legislation Golden Knights Martial Arts and Kids Karate will undertake to:
- implement strategies and procedures that focus on the best interests of children and meet the requirements of child protection legislation
- promote a safe and supportive environment for all children and young people participating in activities which come under the umbrella of Golden Knights Martial Arts and Kids Karate
- increase awareness and emphasise the importance of child protection issues in a sporting environment to all those involved with the activities of Golden Knights Martial Arts and Kids Karate. This includes administrators, instructors, instructors, members, parents and their children.
- ensure that all staff of Golden Knights Martial Arts and Kids Karate are aware of their responsibilities arising from recent child protection legislation, in particular, the requirement under the South Australian Child Protection Act 1993, to inform their employers if they have been convicted of a serious sex offence.
Administrators, instructors and members often have a high level of contact with children in the sporting environment and play a major part in the successful operation of sporting activities.
Instructors are often seen as role models. They have significant influence on the children they come into contact with and therefore have significant responsibilities.
Golden Knights Martial Arts and Kids Karate expects that all administrators, instructors and officials whether paid or unpaid, who participate in organised sport under the banner of this organisation will commit to implementing risk management strategies developed by Golden Knights Martial Arts and Kids Karate for child protection and intervention.
Golden Knights Martial Arts and Kids Karate Child Protection and Intervention Policy and Guidelines will be reviewed annually and updated in line with any legislative changes that have significant impact on the manner in which child protection and intervention issues are to be dealt with.