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12 Nov 2017

Setting the standard in child safe sport

Five years ago at a Play By The Rules forum national sporting organisations (NSO's) identified child protection in sport as a top priority for the sector. The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) subsequently commissioned a report in 2014 regarding the capacity of sport to protect children and young people from abuse, harm and exploitation. Since the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse, the ASC committed to extend their work in this area, developing the National Safeguarding Children in Sport Strategy (NSCSS) in order to: enhance the collective culture across all Australian sports to safeguard children and young people explore strategies and a best approach for how all staff, management and volunteers can better safeguard and respond to children and young people into the future. As of January 1 2017 Victorian sporting and recreation clubs that provide services or facilities specifically for children have been required to meet new Child Safe Standards.  These standards are designed to drive cultural change and embed a focus on child safety by placing children’s rights at the forefront of the organisation’s mind. With unprecedented growth in female participation in particular, including previously male dominated sports, club resources and volunteers are often stretched to capacity.  CPS, a provider of training in the Child Safety Standards, recognises the challenge facing community sport to not only comply with legislation, such as new Working With Children Check requirements, but to imbed child safe practices within its culture. Later this month Phil Doorgachurn, CPS Professional Development & Education Unit Senior Consultant, will sit on the panel for the ASC's Child Safe Training to be rolled out to NSO's. The challenge for NSO's going forward will be to ensure child safe practices and knowledge filters down to state bodies and to local junior club level.   CPS Workshops in December Friday 8 December Safer Organisations: Implementing Child Safe Standards Tuesday 12 December Child Abuse: Recognising, Responding, Recording & Reporting     If your sport or recreational club would like to find out more about the Child Safe Standards and workshops available at CPS, please email or call 03 9450 0900 and ask for the Professional Development & Education Unit. CPS also provides consultancy for organisations in developing child safe policies and practices.

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3 Nov 2017

Being a dad is child's play for Whittlesea Dads + Kids

The new Whittlesea Dads + Kids playgroup for fathers and their infants/pre-school children has commenced in Mernda. Facilitated by CPS and Brotherhood of St Laurence staff, with financial assistance from the City of Whittlesea’s Community Development Grants Program, the free sessions take place Mondays (10am-12pm) at Waterview Pavilion (at Mernda's football ovals) on Waterview Drive. Each week until 4 December there will be a fun activity theme for dads and kids to enjoy together with games, music, nature play, craft, science activities and outdoor adventures on the menu. The first session was supported by Mill Park Bunnings who provided garden supplies and assisted children with planting seeds. This week the kids enjoyed a sports day and on Monday the spirit of the Melbourne Cup will see children making and racing their own horses. For more info or to book a place, contact Julie Graney at CPS on 9474 or [gallery size="medium" ids="2047,2048,2049"]  

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8dec9:15 am- 4:30 pmImplementing Child Safe Standards workshop

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