Netball Victoria encourages all its affiliates to review their culture, processes and practices against the Child Safety in Netball Code of Conduct and the Standards and make any changes that are required moving forward.
Affiliates should adopt and communicate the Child Safety in Netball Code of Conduct and Child Safety in Netball Policy to all members. There are seven Child Safe Standards relating to child protection within your association or club, and include requirements to have practices, procedures and policies in place to prevent and respond to allegations of child abuse.
The standards are a compulsory framework that supports organisations to promote the safety of children. The legislation that creates the standards is the Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005. The standards are designed to drive cultural change and embed a focus on child safety by placing children's rights and wellbeing at the forefront of the organisation's mind.
Organisations must be guided by the following principles when implementing the standards:
- the cultural safety of Aboriginal Children
- the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds
- the safety of children with a disability