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Safeguarding Children in Sport

At a Play By The Rules national forum in 2012 national sporting organisations (NSO) identified child protection in sport as a top priority for the sector. To begin work in this area, the  Australian Sports Commission (ASC) engaged the services of the Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF) in 2014 to complete a blueprint report which looked at the capacity of sport to protect children and young people from abuse, harm and exploitation.

Following the blueprint report and with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse, the ASC is committed to do more work in this area. The ACF is now working with the ASC on developing the National Safeguarding Children in Sport Strategy (NSCSS) which aims to:

  • enhance the collective culture across all Australian Sports to safeguard children and young people
  • explore strategies and a best approach for how all staff, management and volunteer members of Sports across Australia can better safeguard and respond to children and young people into the future.   

NSCSS Working Group
Representatives from NSOs, state and federal governments and experts in the area of child safeguarding make up the working group and their role is to oversee the development and implementation of the second stage of NSCSS, to provide guidance and direction to the NSCSS to ensure the needs and realities of the sports sector are adequately reflected.

Next steps
Stage Two of the NSCSS will include the establishment of a broader strategic framework for NSOs to achieve greater levels of child protection within their sport. The NSCSS will be underpinned by practical tools and resources to assist local sporting clubs, parents and young people.

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