In April 2012, the Victorian Government initiated an inquiry into the handing of child abuse allegations within religious and non-government organisations. The inquiry’s final report, “Betrayal of Trust”, made a number of recommendations that have been acted on by the Victorian Government. The creation of Child Safety Standards (the Standards) was one of the key recommendations.
The Standards came into effect on 1 January 2017 and applies to sporting organisations that operate and provide sporting services to children within Victoria (including National Sporting Organisations).
The standards are a compulsory framework that supports organisations to promote the safety of children.
Two documents have been developed to help support Netball Victoria and all its affiliates to comply with the Standards, specifically Child Safe Standard 2- A child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety and Child Safe Standard 3 - A code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children.