GORAP Child and Youth Risk Management Strategy
GORAP 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 ENVIRONMENT.
GORAP acknowledges that our staff and volunteers provide a valuable contribution to the positive experiences of our junior activities and youth members. GORAP 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.
GORAP 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. GORAP ’s policies and procedures in relation to Blue Card compliance and review must be incorporated within the GORAP 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.
MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS INCLUDED IN A CHILD AND YOUTH RISK MANAGEMENT STRATEGY:
- Statement of Commitment
- GORAP Code of Conduct
- Recruitment, selection, training and management strategies that encourage best practice and enhance the safety and wellbeing of children and young people
- Policies and procedures for handling disclosures and suspicions of harm
- Policies and procedures for the occasions where there might be a breach of the organisation’s Child and Youth Risk Management strategy
- Planning process for high risk activities and special events
- Policies and procedures for compliance with Part 6 of the Act, which regulates the Blue Card system
- Strategies for communication and support for all stakeholders including children and young people