Safeguarding Children

Surf Life Saving Australia has released some amazing resources in regards to Safeguarding Children and Young People. To view all the resources available, please visit https://sls.com.au/safeguarding/

SLSSA is committed to providing a Child Safe Environment by protecting children and young people. Our staff and volunteers should be mindful of their responsibility to provide a safe environment where everybody has the right to be treated with respect, work safely and be protected from harm.

Mandated Notifiers - Under Section 11 of the Children’s Protection Act 1993, we are required to report to Department for Child Protection if they suspect on reasonable grounds that a child is being abused or neglected and this suspicion is formed in the course of their work. This is a legal obligation which carries a penalty if the individual fails to comply. These people are referred to as mandated notifiers. To make a report please contact the Child Abuse Line (CARL) 13 14 78. The report line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

What can you do?

1. Ensure you have a working with Children’s Check. Please see SLSSA staff: Kate Powell, Lee Dalzell or Belinda Schiphorst if you have any questions about initiating or completing a check.

2. Complete the online Safeguarding and Young People Course: 
Members Portal / Memberships / Courses / Login to eLearning / Training Library / SLS – Safety and Wellbeing / Enrol in SLS – Safeguarding Children and Young Person Course / Process payment (free of charge) / Go to Training

If you do not have access to Surfguard or the member’s portal, please see Jesse Rafinelli at SLSSA.

3. Promote the online Safeguarding Children and Young people training course to all members.

4. Promote the online reporting form to all members: https://forms.sls.com.au/reportComplaintForm/reportComplaintOptions

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