Child Protection in Sport

Child Protection in Sport        
Prepared by  Prepared by: Chris Hume and Christine May, Senior Research Consultants, Clearinghouse for Sport, Sport Australia
evaluated by  Evaluation by: Morgan Lander, Founder & Principal, Morgan Lander Advisory, (September 2017), Debbie Simms, Independent Sport Integrity Consultant (December 2016)
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Last updated  Last updated: 17 May 2019       
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'Child protection' is concerned with keeping all young people under the age of legal responsibility safe from abuse, discrimination and harassment. It also involves protecting young people from those who are deemed unsuitable to be working with children, and from potentially harmful practices. 

Sporting organisations have legal and moral obligations to protect all children who participate or attend their organised (and sanctioned) events and activities. 

Child protection legislation exists in each Australian state and territory. It specifies the legal obligations of all community organisations—including sporting organisations—and how these entities are to engage and manage their staff and volunteers.

Key Messages 


Sporting organisations have a duty of care to ensure that children are protected from physical and/or psychological harm while participating in sport.


Sporting organisations are obliged to comply with the respective child protection legislation in each Australian state and territory.


Australian Government funded sporting organisations are required to have a current Member Protection Policy in place and in practice to receive public funding.

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Ski & Snowboard

  • Child Safe Sport resources. Ski & Snowboard Australia (2018). Resources include Statement of Commitment to safety and wellbeing of children and young people; Child Safety Policy (excerpt from SSA Member Protection Policy, August 2017); and links to additional resources and upcoming seminars.  

  • Safe Sport Framework. Swimming Australia,  (July 2016). The Framework has been developed by a committee of experienced people from a range of our Member Associations in consultation with the Australian Childhood Foundation and Sport Australia (formerly the Australian Sports Commission). It includes introduction & definitions; Child protection commitment statement; Codes of conduct; and Complaints, procedures and guidance. 


  • Safeguarding Children ResourcesTennis Australia, (2017). Resources include Tennis Australia's Commitment Statement, Member protection policy, Safeguarding children guidelines, and additional resources for administrators and parents/guardians of children. 

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