Member Protection

 

Member Protection Declaration

All new members and members renewing their membership after a leave of absence of at least one season are required to sign the SLSNSW Member Protection Declaration. Surf Life Saving Clubs, as organisations that involve children, have a strong interest in keeping children safe.  Our Member Protection Declaration is designed to make members aware of their responsibilities in relation to criminal charges and more broadly, anti-doping violations and any other matters which could constitute risk to members, employees, volunteers, athletes or reputation.  We are currently reviewing our records and our Registrar may contact you if a Member Protection Declaration has not been recorded.

 

Working with Children Check (WWCC)

Good child safe policies and practices are the best way to reduce potential environmental risks and keep kids safer in our organisation. New State legislation has been developed to better protect children.  This means that a WWCC is now a prerequisite for anyone in child-related roles, either paid or voluntary.  From April 2016 all sporting organisations must comply with the Child Protection legislation.

 

What is the Working with Children Check?

The WWCC is managed by the Office of the Children’s Guardian and involves a national criminal history check and review of findings of workplace misconduct.  The result of a WWCC is either a clearance to work with children for five years, or a bar against working with children.  A Check is a prerequisite for anyone in child related work.

 

Do Surf Life Saving Members need a Working with Children Check?

All NSW Surf Life Saving Club members and employees (over 18 years of age) require a WWCC if they are undertaking a child related role.  However, there are a number of exemptions which are explained below.

 

Exemptions for the Working with Children Check
  • Children under the age of 18
  • Administrative, clerical, maintenance or ancillary work not ordinarily involving contact with children for extended periods
  • Very short term work: not more than a total of 5 days in a calendar year (eg. parent helpers on a bbq)
  • Volunteering by a parent or close relative with a team, program or other activity* in which their child usually participates or is a team member (the vast majority of our Nipper Age Mangers fall into this category)
  • Co-workers and supervisors where a child works.  (eg. patrolling members in the senior Club fall into this category)

 

Nippers

The child can be in any group on the beach.  As long as the child is enrolled in Nippers and regularly attends, their parent/close relative is exempt.  This is due to the fact that Nippers activities happen on the same day, and at the same location, no matter which group the child is in.

*Other activity – The child must be in the same group for the parent/close relative exemption to apply. This is because other activities can happen in isolation from other groups.

 
For further information relating to WWCC contact our Member Protection Officer at [email protected].

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