Creating safe and supportive service environments for children and young people is everyone’s business. Coolum Beach SLSC is committed to providing the highest standard of service to children and young people and ensuring they are kept safe from harm.
In order to create a safe and supportive service environment for children and young people, surf life saving clubs must initiate and maintain ongoing planning and commitment.
In a safe and supportive environment, services and activities are provided so children and young people:
In accordance with the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000, Coolum Beach SLSC is required to have a written child and youth risk management strategy to protect the children and young people in our organisation from harm. The strategy will help ensure Coolum Beach SLSC is a safe and supportive service environment for children and young people, by identifying and minimising risks. Screening employees and volunteers through the blue card system is part of the strategy.
The child and youth risk management strategy addresses the following elements:
As a parent/ carer, it is important for you to understand the policies and procedures that form the child and youth risk management strategy. A copy of the strategy is available on request from [insert club name] SLSC for your information and comment.
There are also a number of things that you as a parent/carer can do to ensure that your child is in a safe environment while participating in [insert club name] SLSC activities. The following actions will help you contribute to providing a safe environment for your child:
Know and abide by the Members Code of Conduct and encourage others to do the same.
SLSA Member Protection Policy (487 KB)
All members of Coolum beach Surf Life Saving Club Inc are bound by the Statement of Commitment and strategy. Should any member reasonably suspect that a breach has occurred then they must immediately contact the Club’s Grievance Officers, the Club President or Deputy President, Queensland Police Service, or Department of Communities.
The full strategy is outlined on the Child & Youth Risk Management Strategy Binder held in the Administration Office.
For more information on our club member protection details
Every parent, guardian or caregiver of a nipper who will be with them on the beach must hold a current Positive Notice Blue Card. Application for this card for volunteers is free for nipper parents, guardians or caregivers through our Surf Lifesaving administration office. You can find more information on Blue Cards here - Blue Card
Images of people and activities on Australian beaches, including surf lifesavers and their patrolling and competitive activities, are part of Australia’s cultural history and identity. It is in SLSA’s interest that this continues to be the case.
However, the increasing use of digital photo and video capture devices has led to concerns about when and where it is legal to take photos, and the role of SLSA members. This policy outlines the legal status of photography and videography, the circumstances under which photography may be restricted or not permitted, and provides guidelines for SLSA members when carrying out their duties.
For the policy in full - Surf Life Saving Australia Photography Policy