The safety, participation and empowerment of the children associated with Nunawading Amateur Basketball Association (NABA) and Melbourne East Basketball Association (MEBA) will always be our first priority.
All children who are a part of NABA and MEBA have a right to feel safe and to be safe. At NABA and MEBA, everyone must adhere to our accepted ethical framework, safety screening, policies and procedures and Codes of Conduct to ensure we provide our young people with the highest standard of care.
Following is a description of the policies, procedures and system used to ensure our obligations are met.
Child Safe Policy and Code of Conduct
NABA and MEBA’s Child Safe Policy and 行为守则 create our foundation for a child safe environment, promotes good practice and provides children and young people with appropriate safety and protection whilst in the care of NABA and MEBA, and allows staff and volunteers to make informed and confident responses to specific child protection issues.
Child Safe Procedure
NABA and MEBA’s Child Safe Procedure explains the processes for identifying, responding, and reporting suspected child safety concerns or abuse.
Child Safe Reporting
The Child Safe Incident Reporting Process provides clear procedures for responding to and reporting child safety concerns or child abuse.
NABA and MEBA’s Child Safe Incident Report Form is to be used for ALL child safety incidents, including any Child Abuse Incident or Allegation.
Submit Incident Report Form to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you believe a child is at immediate risk of abuse please phone 000
Working with Children Check and Member Protection Declaration
All adult Coaches, Team Managers, Officials, Staff and Volunteers working with children under the age of 18 are required to provide a current Working with Children Check (WWCC), linked to the Association and Member Protection statutory declaration. If you require a WWCC you can apply for one here. Please also read NABA and MEBA’s Working with Children Check Policy and Working with Children Check Procedure.
The Basketball Victoria Member Protection By-Law sets out the obligations for screening persons who work with children and deal with discrimination, harassment, and vilification in an effective, appropriate, and timely manner.
NABA and MEBA have introduced two mandatory training courses that all Coaches, Team Managers and Officials complete annually. Although not mandatory for all, the courses are available to anyone who would like to complete the training.
Play by the Rules – Child Protection Course ( https://www.playbytherules.net.au/online-courses/child-protection-online-course)
Play by the Rules – Harassment and Discrimination Course (https://www.playbytherules.net.au/online-courses/harassment-and-discrimination-online-course)
The courses will take approximately 15 minutes each to complete. Coaches, Team Managers and Officials are to forward their training certificates annually to email@example.com
Child Safety Officer
The Association has appointed Cathie Johns as Child Safety Officer to oversee matters concerning child safety and abuse. The identification of a Child Safety Officer provides children, young people, families, and volunteers with a clearly identifiable support network in the event of a suspected child safety issue. However, this does not remove the statutory obligation of all adults to report child abuse as per the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) and Mandatory Reporting regulations.
Our team is here to support you and we encourage you to reach out for a confidential chat when needed.
Cathie Johns – Child Safety & Wellbeing Officer
Mark Hallett – Chief Executive Officer