Member Protection

Port Sorell SLSC is committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of all its members and is dedicated to providing a safe environment for those participating in Surf Life Saving activities and events.

We want Surf Life Saving (SLS) to be fun, enjoyable and safe for all.

Port Sorell SLSC will strive to:

• provide a safe environment for everyone involved in SLS
• take an inclusive approach in its activities
• ensure the safety and wellbeing of their Members and Children or Young People in particular.

As part of the SLS community, each individual makes a commitment to actively encourage behaviours that promote a supportive and nurturing environment and contribute to Surf Life Saving’s core purpose: ‘To save lives, create great Australians and build better communities’.

Port Sorell SLSC Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO)

Port Sorell SLSC has appointed a member of its Executive to oversee matters related to Member Protection including:

  • Ensuring the safety and welfare of surf lifesaving club members
  • Assisting in grievance and complaints resolution
  • Referring complaints and grievances to other bodies in conjunction with the complaints and grievance related club policies
  • Ensuring all required member protection policies are in place and promoted within the club.

If you have any concerns, complaints or suggestions regarding member protection please contact the MPIO in the first instance, or speak with any member of the committee.

Our Member Protection Information Officer is:

NEIL HARGREAVES
M: 0466 266 113
E: neil_hargreaves@me.com

SLSA Member Protection Policy

The SLSA Member Protection Policy conveys a message to all SLSA members, and prospective members, responsible for surf lifesaving activities, particularly those involving members under 18 years of age, about minimising risk exposure of these members.

All SLSA members, particularly age managers, coaches, officials, leaders, trainers and management personnel, have a responsibility to provide safeguards dedicated to the well-being of other members. The abuse of youth members, by other members or external source, is not acceptable and SLSA demands all incidents of such abuse be reported immediately to the appropriate authorities.

Where such a protective procedure does not exist SLSA encourages the use of the SLSA Regulation 6.1 – Grievances; and SLSA Regulation 6.2 – Judicial Procedures; for addressing reports, notification or accusations of improper behaviour by an SLSA member. The SLSA Equity Policy also should be referred to when addressing issues relating to harassment of a member by another member or outside source.

Abuse is defined as anything which individuals or organisations do, or fail to do, that directly or indirectly harms people or damages their prospects of a safe and healthy development. This includes physical abuse, emotional abuse, inappropriate training, inappropriate touching, sexual abuse and neglect. (National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, 2000)

A copy of the SLSA Member Protection Policy can be found here.