Child Safe Environments

Child Safe Environments

Ensuring the next generation is safe

Everyone involved in a recreation group or sporting club has a responsibility to care and protect any children (those under the age of 18 years of age) who participate in their club activities.

Adelaide University Sport and Fitness (AUSF) is committed to providing child safe environments for sport and recreation according to the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 and the Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016.
AUSF is committed to providing a child safe environment, which includes the following:

  • taking a preventative, proactive and participatory stance on child protection issues
  • valuing and embracing the opinions and views of children and young people
  • assisting children and young people to build skills that will assist them to participate in society
  • focusing on the protection of children and young people and take action to protect them from harm
  • providing parents, guardians or carers with evidence of child safe environment policy and procedures when requested.

Our Child Safe Environment Policy applies to AUSF and to all AUSF Affiliated Clubs. Affiliated Clubs may also be required to meet the requirements of child safe environments as defined by their State Sporting Organisation (SSO) or National Sporting Organisation (NSO).

AUSF will ensure that volunteers and employees are able to identify to children at risk of harm. The Child Safe Officer does not have a role in reporting and harm or risk of harm to a child or young person. The person who has a reasonable belief that harm or risk of harm is occurring will need to contact the Child Abuse Report Line 13 14 78 to discuss their concern.

Working with Children Checks

AUSF will take all reasonable steps to ensure that it engages the most suitable and appropriate people to work with children (in prescribed positions).
This will be achieved using a range of screening measures such as the Department of Human Services (DHS) Working with Children Checks (WWCC), signed declarations, referee checks, and other relevant background checks. Such measures will aim to minimise the likelihood of engaging (or retaining) people who are unsuitable to work with children.

WWCC aim to create a child-safe environment and to protect children and young people involved in our sport from physical and sexual harm. They assess the suitability of people to work with children and young people and can involve:

  • criminal history checks;
  • signed declarations;
  • referee checks; and
  • other relevant background checks to assess a person’s suitability to work with children and young people.

AUSF will ensure that WWCC are conducted for employees and volunteers working with children, where an assessment is required by law. Clubs are required to ensure that the same checks are completed for their volunteers. A WWCC can be applied for by affiliated club volunteers on the AUSF website.
Detailed information, including the forms required to complete a Working with Children Check, are available from the Department of Human Services [] and National Police Check []. Alternatively, AUSF can support club volunteers in this process using this FORM