Child Protection Policy

Gold Coast Roller Sports has a commitment to the safety and well being of children and the protection of children from harm. Gold Coast Roller Sports aims to achieve this by promoting the principles and responsibilities of child protection among all paid, voluntary, permanent staff, casual staff, administrators and coaches involved in roller skating related activities.

Gold Coast Roller Sports child protection policy consists of the following: A Code of Conduct for recruitment, training and management procedures for staff, procedures for handling incidents, including reporting and notification, a plan for staff who do not comply with the policy information sheets available at reception or posted on notice areas. Staff registers and Survey/Complaint Forms are available at reception. Incident reporting are carried out upon notification of any breach of the policy.

Our child and youth risk management strategy, creating a safe and supportive service environments for children and young people is everyone’s business. Gold Coast Roller Sports is committed to providing the highest standard of service to children and young people and ensuring they are kept safe from harm.

In order to create a safe and supportive service environment for children and young people, organisations must initiate and maintain ongoing planning and commitment. In a safe and supportive environment services and activities are provided so children and young people feel safe and protected from harm, help plan activities and make decisions, are consulted and respected and have their best interests considered and upheld.

In accordance with the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian Act 2000, Gold Coast Roller Sports is required to have a written child and youth risk management strategy to protect the children and young people in our organisation from harm. The strategy will help ensure our organisation is a safe and supportive service environment for children and young people, by identifying and minimising risks. Screening employees and volunteers through the blue card system is part of the strategy.

The child and youth risk management strategy addresses the following elements: A statement of commitment, a code of conduct for interacting with children and young people, procedures for recruiting, selecting, training and managing paid employees and volunteers, policies and procedures for handling disclosures or suspicions of harm, including reporting guidelines, a plan for managing breaches of the child and youth risk management strategy, policies and procedures for implementing and reviewing the child and youth risk management strategy and maintaining an employee register for blue cards, risk management plans for high-risk activities and special events and strategies for communication and support.

As a parent/carer, it is important for you to understand the policies and procedures that form the child and youth risk management strategy. A copy of the strategy can be obtained from our reception for your information and comments.

Our Code of Conduct states that: Gold Coast Roller Sports will treat children with respect regardless of race, sex, religion, social origin, birth or other status. Gold Coast Roller Sports will not use behaviour towards children that is inappropriate, harassing, abusive, sexually provocative, demeaning or culturally inappropriate. Gold Coast Roller Sports will not use any computers, mobile phones, or video and digital cameras recordings inappropriately. Gold Coast Roller Sports will never exploit or harass children and will immediately report concerns or allegations of child abuse to the Operations Manager or Gold Coast Roller Sports Director or if a criminal offence, to the Queensland Police.