The CSB Board at its meeting this week endorsed Australia Cricket's policy for Safeguarding Children and Young People.
The CSB Board unanimously carried the following motion: That Cricket Southern Bayside endorse and adopt: Australian Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children and Young People, Australian Cricket’s 'Looking After Our Kids’ Code of Behaviour for Affiliated Associations and Clubs, and Australia Cricket’s Commitment to Safeguarding Children and Young People, effective as at 17th October, 2018.Further to this a second motion was raised mandating CSB clubs adopt the policy. The CSB Board unanimously carried the following motion: That any club wishing to participate in any CSB competition from October 1 2019, must have adopted the Australian Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children and Young People, Australian Cricket’s “Looking After Our Kids’ Code of Behaviour for Affiliated Associations and Clubs, and Australia Cricket’s Commitment to Safeguarding Children and Young People. . Any club that cannot provide documentation to prove adoption of the policy will be suspended until such time that evidence is provided to the Cricket Southern Bayside Management Team.
To assist with the Policy for Safeguarding Children and Young People, Cricket Managers (Luke Meyer, Region 15 and Paul Gilchrist, Region 12) are available to work with clubs. The Cricket Managers will also be responsible for obtaining from you proof of your adoption of the policy.Proof of the policy required to be provided to the Cricket Managers (via email) is at a minimum:1. A copy of your committee meeting minutes documenting your adoption of the policy (as per the example motion above)2. A signed copy of Australian Cricket’s Action Plan Commitment StatementLuke and Paul have already received this documentation from some clubs and we are appreciative of that.Whilst adoption of the policy is one thing, ensuring clubs have, create and live a culture of Child Safety is paramount.All documentation pertaining to the policy can be found on Cricket Australia Safeguarding Children and Young People website (click here).The Cricket Managers are here to assist clubs with this adoption. They will, as a follow up to obtaining proof of adoption by clubs, work to develop a program that delivers a clear message to members and visitors to CSB club's that they are actively promoting and managing a Child Safe environment. This includes, but is not limited to advising members, senior and junior, playing and non-playing, of their responsibilities in contributing to a club environment. Activities such as displaying a commitment statement on club websites and through club newsletters, appointing if clubs don't already have one, a Child Safety Officer and making it widely known across clubs; placing Child Safety posters around a club (like liquor licencing, no smoking, making this part of displays in the social areas, change-rooms etc) are some of the steps clubs can take.CSB will also conduct a Working With Children audit in the coming weeks through the Everproof system as advised in our administrators meeting prior to the season launch. Clubs have been provided with instructions on how to update details. Please ensure you are actively working to update Everproof in preparation for our audit.
With support from the Cricket Manager's, clubs have the opportunity to develop a program of continuous improvement in this area. As custodians responsible for cricket's future we ask that you make this commitment to provide a safe environment for Children and Young People.