Child Safety at the Vermont Junior Football Club

Everyone who participates in our Club's activities is entitled to do so in an enjoyable and safe environment. Vermont Junior Football Club (VJFC) has a moral and legal obligation to ensure that, when given responsibility for children and young people, coaches, officials, volunteers, staff members and parents provide them with the highest possible standard of care.

VJFC is committed to devising and implementing policies so that everyone in our sport accepts their responsibilities to safeguard children from harm and abuse. This means to follow policies and procedures to protect children and report any concerns about their safety and/or welfare to appropriate authorities.

The aim of the policy is to promote good practice, provide children and young people with appropriate safety and protection whilst in the care of the Club and to allow staff and volunteers to make informed and confident responses to specific child safety issues. This policy guides how all our staff and volunteers behave with children in our organisation. The policy applies to all people associated with the VJFC including committee members, management, coaches, team managers, parents of player and players themselves.

This policy document sets out how the VJFC recognises the importance of child safety and how we work to ensure our Club creates and maintains an environment where all children are safe.

Our commitment to child safety

At the Vermont Junior Football Club, we want children to be safe, happy and empowered. We support and respect all children, as well as our staff and volunteers.

Our organisation is committed to child safety.

We are committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of all children.

We have zero tolerance of child abuse, and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and consistently with our robust policies and procedures.

We have legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are worried about a child's safety, which we follow rigorously.

  • Our organisation is committed to preventing child abuse and identifying risks early, and removing and reducing these risks.
  • We support and respect all children, as well as our staff and volunteers. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children, the cultural safety of children from a culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability.
  • If you believe a child is at immediate risk of abuse phone 000.
  • If you have any issues or questions relating to keeping our kids safe, please call our Child Safety Officer on 0421 322 332 or the President on 0415 043 321.

Child Safety in Victoria

TheĀ Victorian Child Safe Standards, introduced in 2017, aim to protect children from abuse in organisations, including physical violence, sexual offences, serious emotional or psychological abuse and serious neglect. The child safe standards require organisations that provide services for children to have a child safe policy and a statement of commitment to child safety. All child based organisations need to be compliant with the standards.

To create and maintain a child safe organisation, the VJFC must have:

Standard 1: Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements.

Standard 2: A child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety.

Standard 3: A code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children.

Standard 4: Screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel.

Standard 5: Processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse.

Standard 6: Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse.

Standard 7: Strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children.

In complying with the child safe standards child services organisations such as the Vermont Junior Football Club must include the following principles as part of our response to each standard:

  • promoting the cultural safety of Aboriginal children
  • promoting the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • promoting the safety of children with a disability