SLSQ Child and Youth Risk Management Strategy

Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) recognises that the identification and management of risks of harm to children and young people is essential to the creation of a safe and supportive surf lifesaving environment.

We acknowledge that our staff and volunteers provide a valuable contribution to the positive experiences of our junior activities and youth members. SLSQ is committed to ensure the protection, safety and welfare of our young participants and believe that we must place the safety and welfare of children and youth above all other considerations.

SLSQ has further developed our Child and Youth Risk Management Strategy to assist staff and volunteers with the legislative requirement to have a documented strategy in place. SLSQ’s policies and procedures in relation to Blue Card compliance and review must be incorporated within the SLSQ Child and Youth Risk Management Strategy to comply with the Child and Youth Risk Management Strategy as required by Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000. For more information on the Blue Card requirements, please click here.

What are the Legislative Requirements?

The Child and Youth Risk Management Strategy as required by Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000 (the Act) and the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Regulation 2001 require regulated organisation’s and businesses to develop and implement a child and youth risk management strategy which aims to keep children and young people safe.

To comply with the legislative framework, SLSQ and Club child and youth risk management strategies must:

  • address surf lifesaving’s commitment to creating a safe and supportive service environment within our organisation;
  • strengthen surf lifesaving’s capability to provide such an environment;
  • assist surf lifesaving to manage any particular concerns with respect to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people who are involved with the organisation or business;
  • promote the consistency of surf lifesaving’s approach to risk management, both within the organisation or business and with respect to its compliance with the requirements under the Act.

What are the eight minimum mandatory requirements that must be included in a Child and Youth Risk Management Strategy?

The Child and Youth Risk Management Strategy as required by Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000 (the Act) and the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Regulation 2001 outline the following eight minimum requirements as follows:

Commitment

  • A statement of commitment to the principles of safe and supportive service environments (mandatory requirement 1), and
  • A code of conduct (mandatory requirement 2).

Capability

  • Recruitment, selection, training and management strategies that encourage best practice and enhance the safety and wellbeing of children and young people (mandatory requirement 3).

Concerns

  • Policies and procedures for handling disclosures and suspicions of harm (mandatory requirement 4),
  • Policies and procedures for the occasions where there might be a breach of the organisation’s Child and Youth Risk Management strategy (mandatory requirement 5), and
  • A planning process for high risk activities and special events (mandatory requirement 6).

Consistency

  • Policies and procedures for compliance with Part 6 of the Act, which regulates the Blue Card system (mandatory requirement 7), and
  • Strategies for communication and support for all stakeholders including children and young people (mandatory requirement 8).

What support is provided to clubs to implement their own Risk Management Strategy?

SLSQ provides guidance and support to clubs in developing and implementing child and youth risk management strategies through the provision of information, resources and administration conferences. However, like other liability management provisions, responsibility for developing, monitoring and reviewing child and youth risk management strategies rests with individual clubs who are considered to be best placed to evaluate the services they provide and the service environments in which they are provided. For more information on the Blue Card requirements and the updated documents in the strategy, visit the members portal – Library > Member and Club Development  >  Member Protection > QLD

To assist club’s comply with the State Government legislative framework, SLSQ developed a suite of template documents for each of the 58 clubs under the jurisdiction of Surf Life Saving Queensland. The resources are user-friendly for clubs and incorporate both hard and soft copy documents. These will be updated over time and reviewed annually.