Child Protection Policy:
Working with children and young people is a privilege. Children and young people have the right to thrive in safe and supportive environments within the play, active recreation and sport system.
Play, active recreation and sport is a vital part of life. It offers fun, great pride, a sense of achievement and is a positive influence in the lives of many children and young people, including building self-esteem, resilience, routine, teamwork and a sense of belonging. However, the wellbeing of children and young people in play, active recreation and sport also requires their safety and welfare being covered.
To achieve this, North Harbour Volleyball (NHV), has developed a policy supported by procedures to support and protect children and young people.
We acknowledge that every person involved in NHV has a legal and moral responsibility to protect children and young people from abuse and neglect. Children and young people have a right to take part in volleyball in a safe environment and to receive the support they need if they are at risk or vulnerable.
Every childhood is important, and every child and young person has the same rights to enjoyment, to have their views considered and to be free from abuse. All children and young people, regardless of their backgrounds have the right to access the support they need. It is crucial all children and young people are in the care of safe and skilled adults at NHV who are supported, trained and guided by effective policies and standards.
This policy is NHV’s commitment to the protection of children and young people.
• Sets standards to protect children and young people, our staff, volunteers and contractors.
• Contains procedures for our staff, volunteers and contractors to guide them in identifying and reporting child abuse and neglect to meet our obligations under the Children’s Act 2014.
• Creates a mandatory requirement for all staff, volunteers and contractors to report any concern about the safety of a child or young person, no matter how small they believe it may be, to one of our Child Safeguarding Representatives (CSRs).
• Is supported by procedures that are to be followed by all staff, volunteers and contractors at all times.
• Ensures NHV creates a safe environment and that all staff know what to do if there are concerns about a child or young person.
Scope – who does the policy apply to?
Staff: All temporary or permanent staff, contractors engaged by NHV and coaches (whether paid or volunteer), including board members. The term “staff” will be used in this policy and procedures to cover all the people named above.
Children and young people: This policy applies to all children and young people up to 18 years of age who are taking part in NHV activities. It also applies to any other children, who may not be directly taking part in NHV, but who staff may have contact with, such as child spectators or siblings.
NHV wants all children and young people to have a positive and enjoyable experience of volleyball and is committed to providing a safe and child-centred environment where children and young people are protected from abuse that may occur inside or outside the organisation.
We do this by having a full range of a code of conduct, policies and trained and safe people working with children and young people. We are committed to having an embedded culture of safeguarding and child protection in place, which goes beyond compliance.
To children and young people:
To parents, caregivers and whānau
To staff, contractors and volunteers: