The South Adelaide Football Club is committed to creating a safe, fair and inclusive sporting
The South Adelaide Football Club:
- Seeks to prevent all forms of harassment, discrimination and abuse and to promote positive behaviour and values.
- States that inappropriate or unlawful behaviour will not be tolerated
- That the Member Protection Policy sets out codes of behaviour with which everyone associated with the South Adelaide Football Club is expected to abide
- Confirms that disciplinary action will be taken against individuals if there is a breach of the policy.
PART A: NATIONAL MEMBER PROTECTION POLICY
The SAFC dares to be different and has the courage to develop and
implement new ideas. We are willing to think outside the square, to consider new ideas
and better ways to do things. We recognise the risks and are prepared to challenge
established mindsets to drive profound change within in our club.
The SAFC has an absolutely positive attitude at all times and in all
circumstances. Success will always be achieved by people with positive attitudes.
These people will acknowledge that we are not always successful; however they
believe that every problem has a solution and that they are never truly beaten. They
will always rise to the next challenge, they are fun to be around, and are excellent role
The SAFC is united in its objective to become a respected and consistently
successful club. A common bond exists between all members who are loyal, honest
and willing to make sacrifices and work together as one, from beginning to end, to
achieve our goal of consistent success.
The Panthers want to show a united presence through players, coaches, supporters
and past players both on and off the field while delivering an exciting brand of football.
Continue to strive to be the best football operations in the SANFL while being ambassadors in the Community. Remaining focused to putting time and effort into our youth programs for the continued success for the future of our football club.
Purpose of this policy
This South Adelaide Football Club Member Protection Policy ("policy") aims to assist South Adelaide FC ("our", "us" or "we") to uphold its core values and create a safe, fair and inclusive environment for everyone associated with our sport. It sets out our commitment to ensure that every person bound by the policy is treated with respect and dignity and protected from discrimination, harassment and abuse. It also seeks to ensure that everyone involved in our sport is aware of their key legal and ethical rights and responsibilities, as well as the standards of behaviour expected of them.
The attachments to this policy describe the practical steps we will take to eliminate discrimination, harassment, child abuse and other forms of inappropriate behaviour from our sport. As part of this commitment, the policy allows South Adelaide FC to take disciplinary action against any person or organisation bound by this policy if they breach the policy.
This policy has been endorsed by the Board of the South Adelaide Football Club. The current
policy and its attachments can be obtained from our website at www.safc.com.au.
This policy is supported by Member Protection Policies that have been adopted and
implemented by SANFL.
Who is bound by this policy
This policy should apply to as many persons as possible who are involved with the activities of South Adelaide Football Club, whether they are in a paid or unpaid/voluntary capacity including:
- Persons appointed or elected to SAFC boards, committees and sub-committees
- Employees of SAFC
- Members of the SAFC Executive
Support personnel, including managers, physiotherapists, psychologists,
masseurs, sport trainers and others
- Coaches and assistant coaches
- Referees, umpires and other officials
- Members, including life members of SAFC
Athletes, coaches, officials and other personnel participating in events and
activities, including camps and training sessions, held or sanctioned by SAFC;
- Any other person to whom the policy may apply eg social members, spectators
This policy will continue to apply to a person even after he or she has stopped their association
or employment with SAFC], if disciplinary action against that person has begun.]
South Adelaide FC must:
- adopt, implement and comply with this policy
- ensure that this policy is enforceable
- publish, distribute and promote this policy and the consequences of any breaches of the policy
- promote and model appropriate standards of behaviour at all times
- deal with any complaints made under this policy in an appropriate manner
- deal with any breaches of this policy in an appropriate manner
- recognise and enforce any penalty imposed under this policy
- ensure that a copy of this policy is available or accessible to all people and organisations to whom this policy applies
- use appropriately trained people to receive and manage complaints and allegations of inappropriate behaviour
- monitor and review this policy at least annually
Individuals bound by this policy must:
- make themselves aware of the contents of this policy;
- comply with all relevant provisions of the policy, including any codes of conduct and the steps for making a complaint or reporting possible child abuse set out in this policy ;
- consent to the screening requirements set out in this policy, and abides by the SA requirement for a Relevant History assessment to be conducted if the person holds or applies for a role that involves regular unsupervised contact with a child or young person under the age of 18 or where otherwise required by law;
- place the safety and welfare of children above other considerations;
- be accountable for their behaviour; and,
- comply with any decisions and/or disciplinary measures imposed under this policy.
- Child Protection
The SANFL has lodged a compliance statement with the Department for Education and Child Development to acknowledge that they are aware of our obligations to create and maintain a child safe environment according to the requirements under Section 8C of the Children's Protection Act 1993.
The SANFL has lodged this statement on behalf of the South Adelaide Football Club.
South Adelaide Football Club is committed to the safety and well-being of all children and young people who participate in our sport or access our services. We support the rights of the child and will act at all times to ensure that a child-safe environment is maintained.
We acknowledge the valuable contribution made by our staff, members and volunteers and we encourage their active participation in providing a safe, fair and inclusive environment for all participants.
- Identify and analyse risk of harm
We will develop and implement a risk management strategy, including a review of our existing child protection practices, to determine how child-safe our organisation is and to identify any additional steps we can take to minimise and prevent the risk of harm to children because of the actions of an employee, volunteer or another person.
- Develop codes of behaviour
We will develop and promote a code of behaviour that sets out the conduct we expect of adults when they deal and interact with children involved in our sport, especially those in our care. We will also implement a code of behaviour to promote appropriate conduct between children.
These codes will clearly describe professional boundaries, ethical behaviour and unacceptable behavior. (Refer to the attachments in Part B of this policy.)
- Choose suitable employees and volunteers
We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that our organisation engages suitable and appropriate people to work with children, especially those in positions that involve regular unsupervised contact with children. This will include using a range of screening measures.We will ensure that Relevant History Assessments are conducted for all employees and volunteers who work with children, where an assessment is required by law. If a criminal history report is obtained as part of their screening process, we will handle this information confidentially and in accordance with the Standards1. (Refer to the attachments in Part C of this policy.)
- Support, train, supervise and enhance performance
We will ensure that all our employees and volunteers who work with children have ongoing supervision, support and training. Our goal is to develop their skills and capacity and to enhance their performance so we can maintain a child-safe environment in our sport. We will appoint a child safe officer to support this statement. (recommend online training on www.playbytherules.net.au in Child protection and Harassment and discrimination)
- Empower and promote the participation of children
We will encourage children and young people to be involved in developing and maintaining a child-safe environment for our sport.
- Report and respond appropriately to suspected abuse and neglect
We will ensure that all our employees and volunteers are able to identify and respond appropriately to children at risk of harm and that they are aware of their responsibilities to make a report if they suspect on reasonable grounds that a child has been, or is being, abused or neglected. (Refer to the attachments in Part E of this policy.)
Further, if any person believes that another person or organisation bound by this policy is acting inappropriately towards a child, or is in breach of this policy, he or she may make an internal complaint to us. (Refer to the attachments in Part D of this policy.)
- Manage appropriately any allegation of misconduct towards children
We will treat any allegations of child abuse or neglect towards children participating in activities associated with our organisation responsibly and sensitively. This will include providing support for the alleged victim and their family and ensuring natural justice is provided for the alleged offender. (See Managing allegations of child abuse in recreation and sport. www.ors.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/153564/child_abuse_allegations_guidelines_050115.pdf)
- Taking images of children
There is a risk that Images of children may be used inappropriately or illegally. South Adelaide Football Club requires that individuals and associations, wherever possible, obtain permission from a child's parent/guardian before taking an image of a child that is not their own. They should also make sure the parent/guardian understands how the image will be used.
To respect people's privacy, we do not allow camera phones, videos and cameras to be used inside changing areas, showers and toilets which we control or are used in connection with our sport.
When using a photo of a child, we will not name or identify the child or publish personal information, such as residential address, email address or telephone number, without the consent of the child's parent/guardian. We will not provide information about a child's hobbies, interests, school or the like, as this can be used by paedophiles or other persons to "groom" a child.
We will only use images of children that are relevant to our sport and we will ensure that they are suitably clothed in a manner that promotes participation in the sport. We will seek permission from the parents/guardians of the children before using the images.
- Anti-discrimination and harrassment
South Adelaide Football Club is committed to providing an environment in which people are treated fairly and equitably and that is, as far as practicable, free from all forms of discrimination and harassment.
We recognise that people may not be able to enjoy themselves or perform at their best if they are treated unfairly, discriminated against or harassed.
Unlawful discrimination involves the less favourable treatment of a person on the basis of one or more of the personal characteristics protected by state or federal anti-discrimination laws.
The personal characteristics protected by anti-discrimination laws include attributes such as race, age, disability, gender and race. The full list of protected personal characteristics is in the "Definitions" set out in the Dictionary of Terms.
Discrimination can either be direct or indirect.
- Direct discrimination occurs if a person treats, or purposes to treat, a person with a protected personal characteristic unfavourably because of that personal characteristic.
- Indirect discrimination occurs if a person imposes, or proposes to impose, a requirement, condition or practice that will disadvantage a person with a protected personal characteristic and that requirement, condition or practice is not reasonable.
For the purposes of determining discrimination, the offender's awareness and motive are irrelevant.
Harassment is any unwelcome conduct, verbal or physical, that intimidates, offends or humiliates another person and which happens because a person has a certain personal characteristic protected by State or Federal anti-discrimination legislation.
The offensive behaviour does not have to take place a number of times, a single incident can constitute harassment.
Sexual harassment is one type of harassment. Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct, remarks or innuendo of a sexual nature. It covers a wide range of behaviours and can be verbal, written, visual or physical. Sexual harassment is not limited to members of the opposite sex.
- Prohibition against discrimination and harassment
We prohibit all forms of harassment and discrimination based on the personal characteristics listed in the "Definitions" set out in the Dictionary of Terms [see clause 10].
Any person who believes they are being, or have been, harassed or discriminated against by another person or organisation bound by this policy is encouraged to raise their concerns with us. A person may make an internal complaint, and in some circumstances, they may also be able to make a complaint to an external organisation. (Refer to the attachments in Part D of this policy.)
- Intimate Relationships
South Adelaide Football Club understands that consensual intimate relationships (including, but not limited to sexual relationships) between coaches or officials and adult athletes may take place legally. However, this policy will help ensure that the expectations of coaches or officials are clear and, to ensure that if an intimate relationship does exist or develop between a coach or official and an adult athlete, that relationship will be managed in an appropriate manner.
Coaches and officials are required to conduct themselves in a professional and appropriate manner in all interactions with athletes. In particular, they must ensure that they treat athletes in a respectful and fair manner, and that they do not engage in sexual harassment, bullying, favoritism or exploitation.
We take the position that consensual intimate relationships between coaches or officials and the adult athletes they coach should be avoided as they can have harmful effects on the athlete involved, on other athletes and coaches and on the sport's public image. These relationships can also be perceived to be exploitative due to the differences in authority, power, maturity, status, influence and dependence between the coach or official and the athlete.
We recommend that if an athlete attempts to initiate an intimate relationship with a coach or official, the coach or official should discourage the athlete's approach and explain to the athlete why such a relationship is not appropriate.
If a consensual intimate relationship does exist or develop between an adult athlete and a coach or official, the coach or official is expected to ensure that the relationship is appropriate and that it does not compromise impartiality, professional standards or the relationship of trust the coach or official has with the athlete and/or other athletes.
In assessing the appropriateness of an intimate relationship between a coach or official and an adult athlete, relevant factors include, but are not limited to:
- the relative age and social maturity of the athlete;
- any potential vulnerability of the athlete;
- any financial and/or emotional dependence of the athlete on the coach or official;
- the ability of the coach of official to influence the progress, outcomes or progression of the athlete's performance and/or career;
- the extent of power imbalance between the athlete and coach of official; and the likelihood of the relationship having an adverse impact on the athlete and/or other athletes.
It will often be difficult for a coach or official involved in an intimate relationship with an adult athlete to make an objective assessment of its appropriateness and accordingly they are encouraged to seek advice from the SAFC Member Protection Information Officer to ensure that they have not involved themselves in inappropriate or unprofessional conduct.
If it is determined that an intimate relationship between a coach or official and an adult athlete is inappropriate or unprofessional we may take disciplinary action against the coach or official up to and including dismissal. Action may also be taken to stop the coaching relationship with the athlete. This could include a transfer, a request for resignation or dismissal from coaching duties.
If a coach, official or athlete believes they are being, or have been, harassed they are encouraged to seek information and support from SAFC Member Protection Information Officer. Our complaints procedure is outlined in Part D of this policy.
South Adelaide Football Club is committed to treating pregnant women fairly and to removing any unreasonable barriers to their full participation in our sport. We will not tolerate any discrimination or harassment against pregnant women.
South Adelaide Football Club will take reasonable care to ensure the continuing safety, health and wellbeing of pregnant women. We will advise pregnant women that there may be risks involved with their continuing participation in sport, and we will encourage them to obtain medical advice about those risks. Pregnant women should be aware that their own health and wellbeing, and that of their unborn child, is of utmost importance in their decision-making about the extent they choose to participate in our sport.
We encourage all pregnant women to talk with their medical advisers, make themselves aware of the facts about pregnancy in sport and ensure that they make informed decisions about their participation in our sport. Pregnant women should make these decisions themselves, in consultation with their medical advisers and in discussion with South Adelaide Football Club.
We will only require pregnant women to sign a disclaimer in relation to their participation in our sport whilst they are pregnant if all other participants are required to sign one in similar circumstances. We will not require women to undertake a pregnancy test.
If a pregnant woman believes she is being, or has been, harassed or discriminated against by another person or organisation bound by this Policy, she may make a complaint. (Refer to the attachments in Part D of this policy.)
- Gender identity
Gender identity means the gender-related identity, appearance or mannerisms or other gender-related characteristics of a person. This includes the way people express or present their gender and recognises that a person's gender identity may be an identity other than male or female. Some terms used to describe a person's gender identity include trans, transgender and gender diverse.
- Gender identity and discrimination and harassment
Federal, state and territory anti-discrimination laws provide protection from discrimination against people on the basis of their gender identity. (See definition in Dictionary of terms).
South Adelaide Football Club is committed to providing a safe, fair and inclusive sporting environment all where people can contribute and participate. We will not tolerate any unlawful discrimination or harassment of a person because of their gender identity.
All persons, regardless of gender identity, are entitled to be treated fairly and with dignity and respect at all times. We will not tolerate any unlawful discrimination or harassment of a person because of their gender identity. This includes discrimination or harassment of a person who is transgender or transsexual, who is assumed to be transgender or transsexual or has an association with someone who has or is assumed to be transgender or transsexual. (Refer to the attachments in Part D of this policy.)
We expect all people bound by this policy to act with sensitivity when a person is undergoing gender transition/affirmation.
If any person believes that they are being, or have been, harassed or discriminated against by another person or organisation bound by this policy because of their gender identity, they may make a complaint.
- Participation in sport
South Adelaide Football Club recognises that excluding people from participating in sporting events and activities because of their gender identity may have significant implications for their health, wellbeing and involvement in community life. We are committed to supporting participation in our sport on the basis of the gender with which a person identifies.
If issues of performance advantage arise, we will consider whether the established discrimination exceptions for participation in sport are relevant in the circumstances. Discrimination is unlawful unless an exception applies.
- Intersex status
Federal anti-discrimination law, and some state and territory anti-discrimination laws, provide protection from discrimination against a person on the basis of their intersex status. (See Dictionary of terms).
South Adelaide Football Club is committed to providing a safe, fair and inclusive sporting environment where all people can contribute and participate. We will not tolerate any unlawful discrimination or harassment of a person because of their intersex status.
- Responsible service and consumption of alcohol
South Adelaide Football Club is committed to conducting sporting and social events in a manner that promotes the responsible service and consumption of alcohol. We also recommend that state associations and member clubs follow strict guidelines regarding the service and consumption of alcohol.
In general, our policy is that:
- alcohol should not be available or consumed at sporting events involving children and young people under the age of 18;
- alcohol-free social events be provided for young people and families;
- food and low-alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks be available at events we hold or endorse where alcohol is served;
- a staff member is present at events we hold or endorse where alcohol is served to ensure appropriate practices in respect of the consumption of alcohol are followed;
- safe transport options be promoted as part of any event we hold or endorse where alcohol is served.
- Smoke-free environment
South Adelaide Football Club is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment at all sporting and social events that we hold or endorse.
In general, our policy is that:
- no smoking shall occur at or near sporting events involving children and young people under the age of 18. This policy shall apply to coaches, players, trainers, officials and volunteers;
- social events shall be smoke-free, with smoking permitted at designated outdoor smoking areas; and
- coaches, officials, trainers, volunteers and players will refrain from smoking