Information on safeguarding requirements specific to SA can be found here:
In South Australia, all organisations that provide services to children and young people must by law (Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017) provide child safe environments.
The main requirements to providing child safe environments include:
Child-safe strategies promote safe and friendly settings where children feel respected, valued and encouraged to reach their full potential.
Your organisation must:
It is good practice to have:
Please see the DHS Screening Unit webpage for more information on what is child-related work.
To have a South Australian working with children check, apply online at https://screening.sa.gov.au/applications. Organisations may also apply on behalf employees and volunteers.
The Screening Unit charges a fee to do working with children checks for employees and businesses, including tertiary students are on practical training as part of an educational or vocational course.
There is no fee for volunteers who need a working with children check.
If you believe a child or young person is in immediate danger or in a life-threatening situation, contact the South Australian police immediately by dialling 000.
To report your suspicions (on reasonable grounds) that a child or young person is, or may be at risk, this must be reported to the Department for Child protection by calling the 24-hour Child Abuse Report Line on 13 14 78.
Please note that this information remains guidance only. You should check with the relevant State/Territory organisations local to you to ensure you are accessing up to date information.
It remains the responsibility of each individual club/sporting organisation to ensure that their club policies and procedures are contemporary, up to date and meet your compliance and legal requirements. PBTR takes no responsibility for any content that is out of date or inaccurate due to the passage of time.
Updated: April 2022 in conjunction with Office for Sport and Recreation South Australia