Effective governance protects the rights of association and club members and stakeholders and assists the continued success and growth of your club or association.
An organisation that demonstrates good governance:
- develops strategic goals and direction
- monitors the club’s performance to ensure it achieves its strategic goals
- has effective financial and non-financial systems in place
- complies with its legal and regulatory obligations
- acts in the best interests of its members.
Child Safe Standards
Basketball Victoria is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. We support the rights of the child and will act without hesitation to ensure a child safe environment is maintained at all times.
The Victorian Child Safety Standards apply to sporting organisations that operate and provide sporting services to children within Victoria (including National Sporting Organisations). There are several different requirements which make up the standards, and which sports will be required to comply.
The standards relate to child protection within your Association or Club, and include requirements to have practices, procedures and policies in place. Basketball organisations should be reviewing their compliance with the standards, as well as checking if the culture and environment within their organisation is supportive and protective of children.
The Standards apply to organisations as a whole, not only the areas that work with children. This includes:
- Board of management/committee members
- All paid staff (CEO, Executive, employees)
- All volunteers (coaches, officials, administrators, scorers etc)
- All students on placement
- Any contractors that are engaged.
Basketball Victoria encourages all of its affiliated members to review their culture, processes and practices against the Child Safety Standards and make any changes that are required moving forward. This should be communicated to affiliate clubs and all members.
For further information regarding Working with Children Check requirements go to: http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/
Remember: Child safety is not an add-on or one-off exercise. It is a legal requirement that your organisation will need to be compliant with. Having policies and procedures in place is not enough. It’s about creating a culture and environment within sport that is supportive and protective of children.
What are the Child Safe Standards?
It takes many components to build an organisation with a culture of child safety. The Standards should act as a starting point from which your organisation can take action.
The Child Safe Standards incorporate:
- Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements
- A child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety
- A code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children
- Screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel
- Processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
- Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse
- Strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children.
What action should I take?
- Develop a working group or sub-committee to lead your organisations focus on developing a child safe culture
- Undertake a child safety review to identify:
- What you already have in place
- What you are doing well
- Where you need to improve
- Do you need anyone else to help?
- Understand your level of risk in relation to the services and activities you provide to your members
- Identify what further information, advice and support you need
- Develop and implement an action plan to ensure your organisation meets the Standards
- Consider the needs of your members (clubs & associations) and what assistance they may require
Your Child Welfare Officer
You should take steps to ensure that a Child Welfare Officer is appointed to look over matters concerning child safety and abuse. All members and staff are expected to discuss any concerns that they may have about the welfare of a child IMMEDIATELY with the nominated Child Welfare Officer.
The Child Welfare Officer will ensure that the concerns/incidents reported to them remain confidential and that the identity of the person reporting the concern/incident is not revealed.
The Club welfare officer will be required to report all the incidents noted by them to the appropriate authority at Basketball Victoria who will then ascertain whether or not the person/s involved in the incident play a role in the organisation and act accordingly.
Child Safe Standards Resources
Child Safe Standards Contact
Planning is the development of a future direction and a road map of the actions to get there. All plans need to detail actions to follow to achieve agreed outcomes over a designated period of time. Your association or club plans are important tools that can assist with longevity, financial stability, innovation and general success. They are also very useful for keeping people on track, they can save you heaps of time and duplication of effort.
Club Help has some useful resources for associations and clubs.
Planning is an essential part of good performance: Strategic planning for long term aspirations, business planning to develop budgets and forecasts, and operational planning to get the season up and running.
Click the links below for further information on Association Planning including how to create a Strategic Plan, Business Plan and for our Governance Webinars.
Basketball Victoria’s Tribunal has been established to deal with poor behaviour, both on and off the court. It is usually administered on Basketball Victoria’s behalf at local associations. Most reports are lodged by referees but others are also empowered to lodge reports. Hearings are kept as informal as possible but certain procedures must be followed by the Tribunal Members. Tribunals are heard by between 2 and 3 members. The offences under the Tribunal By-laws carry maximum penalties, with life-time bans being the most serious for physical offences against officials.