Our Policies

East Brighton Vampires Netball Club is an association member of SANDY, CDNA, SFNL, Netball Victoria and Netball Australia.

 

We abide by a number of codes of conducts and polices - including EBVNC specific policies. However, the ones most often referred to are:

Members must be familiar with the policies.

We do not expect you to know our policies word for word, but it is important that as a member of the club, including players, parents/guardians, volunteers, spectators and administrators, you read and understand the Code of Conducts, club and relevant association policies and adhere to them.

Issues/complaints

Parents are reminded that if you have issues pertinent to your child, please address the coach/senior coach or team manager in a respectful manner in order to resolve or gain an understanding of the teams position in reference to your question.

 

If you are not satisfied with the feedback you are receiving, refrain from making a public escalation or an issue for the coach, managers, the team and your child. Refer the matter to the EBVNC Compliance Officer, Nick Wills at ebvnc@outlook.com.

Reporting issues

Parents/Guardians, players, spectators and volunteers should report instances of abuse, bullying and misbehaviour to the Club committee via the EBVNC Compliance Officer.

Penalties

Any parent/guardian, supporter, volunteer or administrator who breaches of the Code of Conduct and anyone who brings the East Brighton Vampires Netball Club into disrepute will be investigated. Penalties will be determined by the Executive Committee and may range from verbal/written warnings, being required to attend the Executive Committee, being suspended/banned from some/all matches, training or social functions and/or de-registration from the club. De-registration includes revoking the playing status of family members who will no longer be able to play for the club.

Social Media

EBVNC will, from time to time, use photos of players in our social media pages and on our website as part of our club publicity and also to celebrate achievements and foster a sense of community. 

We will never post images with identifying information such as name, email address, address or family members' names. 

We respect the right of parents of players and players to opt out of their child's/their inclusion in photographs/media but unless a Media Images Opt-Out Release Form is signed and on file, participation in club activities and events implies permission for the use of images. 

East Brighton Vampires Netball Club Child Safe Policy

Commitment to Child Safety

All children who are a part of the Club have a right to feel and be safe. The welfare of the children in our care will always be our first priority and the Club has a zero tolerance to child abuse. The Club aims to create a child safe and child friendly environment where children feel safe and have fun and the Club's activities are always carried out in the best interests of the children.

Application of this Policy

This policy was developed by the Club and in collaboration with our Child Safety Officer [Louise Staite], Club President Murray Collins and Compliance Officer Nick Wills.

This policy applies to all individuals across our membership (paid and volunteer) including, but not limited to:

  • Administrators

  • Coaches

  • Officials

  • Participants

  • Parents

  • Spectators

All of the people to which this policy applies have a role and responsibility in relation to child protection. They must all:

  • understand the indicators and risks of child abuse;

  • appropriately act on any concerns raised by children; and

  • understand and follow all applicable laws in relation to the protection of children and reporting or management of child safety concerns

Child Abuse

Child abuse can take a broad range of forms including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional or psychological abuse and neglect. People to whom this policy applies need to be aware that child abuse can occur whenever there is actual or potential harm to a child, and these are circumstances that the Club is committed to reducing the risk of occurrence

Children’s Rights to Safety and Participation

The Club encourages children to express their views about their safety. We listen to their suggestions, especially on matters that directly affect them. We actively encourage all children who are members of our club to ‘have a say’ about things that are important to them.

 

We teach children about what they can do if they feel unsafe. We listen to and act on any concerns children, or their parents, raise with us.

 

The Club has committed to advising all parents, coaches, staff and children about the presence of this policy and the CSO and their function within the club by making this policy available on our website.

Valuing Diversity

We value diversity and do not tolerate any discriminatory practices. To achieve this we:

  • promote the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Island children and their families;

  • promote the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and their families;

  • welcome children with a disability and their families and act to promote their participation;

  • and

  • seek appropriate staff from diverse cultural backgrounds.

  • regularly communicate with relevant bodies to ensure our policies are relevant and promoted.

Recruiting staff and volunteers

The Club takes the following steps to ensure best practice standards in the recruitment and screening of staff and volunteers:

  • Require Working with Children Checks for relevant positions.

  • Our commitment to Child Safety and our screening requirements are included in all advertisements and as part of the induction process for new staff or volunteers.

 

Supporting staff and volunteers

The Club seeks to attract and retain the best staff and volunteers. We provide support and supervision so people feel valued, respected and fairly treated. We have developed a Code of Conduct to provide guidance to our staff and volunteers, all of whom receive training on the requirements of the Code.

Reporting a child safety concern or complaint

The Club has appointed Louise Staite as Child Safety Persons with the specific responsibility for responding to any complaints made by staff, volunteers, parents or children. Louise can be contacted by email via the Contact page on our website or by phone on 0431 632 401.

Risk Management

We recognise the importance of a risk management approach to minimising the potential for child abuse or harm to occur and use this to inform our policy, procedures and activity planning. In addition to general occupational health and safety risks, we proactively manage risks of abuse to our children. To reduce the risk of child abuse occurring, adults to whom this policy applies should avoid direct, unsupervised contact with children.

Reviewing this policy

This policy will be reviewed on a regular basis and we undertake to seek views, comments and suggestions from children, parents, guardians, carers, staff and volunteers.

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