Gymnastics Western Australia
Member Protection Policy
Gymnastics Western Australia (GWA) Member Protection Policy has been developed to serve the best interest of its members. It clearly outlines the roles and responsibilities and expected behaviour of all members, employees, volunteers and visitors at GWA. GWA is committed to provide an environment safe for children, which is free from harassment and abuse for everyone, and promotes respectful and positive behaviour and values. The Membership Protection Policy provides a code of conduct forming the basis of appropriate and ethical conduct which everyone must abide by. GWA is committed to the principles of The Essence of Australian Sport – principles of fairness, respect, responsibility and safety. The Membership Protection policy is an essential part of GWA’s proactive and preventative approach to tackling inappropriate behaviour. GWA is committed to ensuring that everyone associated with the association complies with the policy.
Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO)
Gymnastics WA MPIO's
Working With Children Checks (WWCC)
Some people will be exempt, for example, volunteers under 18 years and parent volunteers who have children involved in the same club. For further information please see the 'Do you need a WWC Check' guide or the GWA WWC Check Flowchart.
Employers/coordinators must NOT employ someone in child-related work if you are aware they have a current Interim or Negative Notice. It is important this information be treated sensitively. This means advising only those who need to know to ensure that the person does not carry out child-related work. Please contact GWA for assistance if you receive a negative notice. Please note that this information is given as a guide only. For further information visit www.checkwwc.wa.gov.au/checkwwc
Volunteer National Police Check / Police Clearance
The criminal history checked in a Working with Children Check is only relevant to their interaction with children. It is not a full check of all convictions. Employees and volunteers also perform other duties such as driving buses, working with the disabled or managing money, where it is considered important for a police check to be undertaken. Employees should be asked to supply a National Police Clearance. Volunteers can complete a Volunteer National Police Check, the process for clubs is outlined below.
Volunteer National Police Check Process
- Club asks volunteer to complete Part A and B of Application for Volunteer National Police Check form giving permission for the check. Form available from http://www.communities.wa.gov.au/serviceareas/volunteering/Pages/NationalPoliceCheckforVolunteersProgram.aspx
- Club checks volunteer’s Proof of Identity as outlined on form.
- Club completes Part C of form
- Club sends copy of Application for Volunteer Police Check form and $11 fee per application to GWA. (No charge if they already have a current WWCC)
- GWA stores applications in accordance with Privacy Statement for 2 years.
- GWA completes Police Excel Spreadsheet and emails to Police.
- Police reply to GWA by email within 5 days – advising if there are any Serious or Minor criminal convictions or any Traffic conviction
- GWA advises Club
Play by the Rules
Play by the Rules is an online resource to assist clubs and associations with any issues they may face. It provides guidelines for administrators, coaches, officials and parents. The website also includes components covering Managing Risks, Complaints and Legal Stuff. There are plenty of resources available to your organisation as well as online training.
Safe Clubs 4 Kids
- How to create safe environments
- Understanding child abuse
- Understanding responsibilities of clubs/associations (in the area of Member Protection
- Understanding the role of a reporting officer
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