Brenden McKay –

Murrumburrah-Harden

 0412 903 962  brendenmckay@hotmail.com
 
Statement of Conduct for Working with Children & Young People:
Rotary International strives to create and maintain a safe environment for all youth who participate in Rotary activities.
To the best of their ability, Rotarians, Rotarians’ spouses, and partners, and other volunteers must safeguard the children and young people they come into contact with and protect them from physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.
From the NSW Commission for Children and Young People Website:
“A Child-Safe Child-friendly organisation:
  • Is preventative rather than reactive.
  • Is child-centred. It recognises that children and young people are at the core and responds accordingly.
  • Has a holistic approach to working with children and young people. It knows that when children and young people are safe and valued, this will have an effect on all areas of their lives.
  • Acknowledges the harm done by all forms of abuse.
  • Actively decreases negative influences and enhances positive influences.
  • Have clear boundaries for behaviour within the organisation.
  • Has a commitment embedded in the organisational culture to the link between safety and participation. Children and young people are unlikely to speak up about experiences of feeling unsafe if their participation is not valued and facilitated in an organisation”.
    To this end and to fulfil Government Regulation, it is asked that any member involved in Youth programs or one-on-one contact with Children / Young People whilst representing a Rotary Club, complete the NEW Working with Children Clearance Check.
     
    These forms are to be kept on record by the club’s Club Protection Officer or Youth Service Director.
     
    In the Future...
    There are changes coming to the Working with Children regulations that impact on all Rotary Clubs. To keep your Club abreast of the changes as they take place, please advise the District Youth Protection Officer of the contact details of your Club's Club Protection Officer and/or Youth Service Director.
    For further information on the NEW Working with Children Clearance Check go to:
    www.newcheck.kids.nsw.gov.au
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
 
District 9700 Inc has adopted the following Rotary International Statement of Conduct for Working with Youth.
 
Rotary International is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all participants in Rotary activities. It is the duty of all Rotarians, Rotarians’ spouses, partners, and other volunteers to safeguard to the best of their ability the welfare of and to prevent the physical, sexual, or emotional abuse of children and young people with whom they come into contact.

From the NSW Commission for Children and Young People Website:
“A Child-Safe Child-friendly organisation:

·      Is preventative rather than reactive.

·      Is child-centred. It recognises that children and young people are at the core and responds accordingly.

·      Has a holistic approach to working with children and young people. It knows that when children and young people are safe and valued, this will have an effect on all areas of their lives.

·      Acknowledges the harm done by all forms of abuse.

·      Actively decreases negative influences and enhances positive influences.

·      Have clear boundaries for behaviour within the organisation.

·      Has a commitment embedded in the organisational culture to the link between safety and participation. Children and young people are unlikely to speak up about experiences of feeling unsafe if their participation is not valued and facilitated in an organisation."

To this end and to fulfil Government Regulation, it is asked that any member involved in Youth programs or one-on-one contact with Children / Young People whilst representing a Rotary Club, complete a Working with Children, Volunteer Declaration Form.
These forms are to be kept on record by the clubs Youth Protection Officer or New Generations (Youth) Director.
In the Future...
There are changes coming to the Working with Children regulations. To keep your Club abreast of the changes as they take place, please advise the District Youth Protection Officer of the contact details of your Club's Youth Protection Officer and/or New Generations (Youth) Director.

It is essential that all Rotary activities ensure youth safety and that we can demonstrate that our obligations are
being met. The following will assist Clubs achieve this:

  • Club Presidents and Club Protection Officers (CPO) must be familiar with the District Youth Program Policy & Procedure;
  •  records required by the Policy are to be maintained under oversight of the CPO;
  •  all members must provide a Prohibited Employment Declaration to the CPO each year;
  •  presidents should provide General Awareness training to all members at least annually;
  •  awareness training will include how any allegation disclosed to a Rotarian is to be actioned;
  •  president and the Director responsible for Youth must complete training provided by the District;
  •  participants in specific Youth programmes must complete training provided by the Chair of that District Committee;
  •  where a youth makes a report of an alleged sexual assault or harassment, the person receiving the report must advise the District Youth Protection Officer (DYPO) immediately. The DYPO is:
Brenden McKay – 0412 903 962
  •  Where a youth is involved in a critical incident other than sexual assault or harassment, the District Governor and or the District Youth Exchange Chair are to be advised. Where appropriate they will implement a response by the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT).
The District Youth Programme Policy and Procedure (Vol 1) and other forms are available at: Youth Policy and Procedure download

For further copies of the Working with Children, Volunteer Declaration Form, go to:
https://check.kids.nsw.gov.au/handler/volunteer_declarations/print_form/print