Member Protection Policy

Belrose Tennis Club is committed to protecting the health, safety, and well-being of those who participate in the activities of Tennis.

All Belrose Tennis Club members, coaches, parents, and contractors are bound by the Tennis Australia Member Protection Policy. This Policy ensures that every person involved in our Club is treated with respect and dignity and is safe and protected from abuse. This policy also ensures that everyone involved in our Club is aware of his or her legal and ethical rights and responsibilities. All members have a responsibility at all times when playing at or representing the club, to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner, consistent with the Tennis Australia Code of Conduct.

Our club endorses the Tennis Australia Member Protection Policy and makes the following commitments.

Our club’s commitment to safeguarding children

  • Our club is committed to the safety and wellbeing of every child who takes part in our activities, programs, events, or services
  • Our club is committed to providing children with positive and nurturing experiences
  • Our club will support families and communities to promote the healthy development and wellbeing of all children
  • Our club will strive to ensure that children are protected
  • Our club will strive to ensure that children are not exploited, abused, or harmed during their involvement with our activities, programs, events, or services
  • Our club will listen to children and address any concerns that they raise with us
  • Our club will ask for consent from children and their parent or guardian before we seek out or provide information about them to any other individual or organisation
  • Our club might not ask for consent to disclose information to police, regulatory authorities, or relevant statutory child-protection agencies in the event we have concerns about the safety or wellbeing of a child
  • All children, whatever culture/language, or religion, shall be able to participate in tennis in a fun and safe environment
  • Our club will appoint and ensure a Member Protection Information Officer is trained on their obligations and responsibilities with respect to child-safety.

Our club’s commitment to parents and carers

  • Our club is committed to supporting parents and carers to protect their children
  • Our club will offer assistance that builds on a family’s strengths and make up, is sensitive to their culture and religious beliefs and empowers them to meet the changing needs of their children
  • Our club is committed to communicating honestly and openly with parents and carers about the wellbeing and safety of their children.
  • Our club will promote and distribute information about our child protection commitment to children and parents as part of an introduction to our services and programs
  • Our club will aim to be transparent in our decision-making, with parents and guardians, as long as doing so does not compromise the safety of a child or breach any confidentiality

Our club’s commitment to ensuring a child-safe organisation

  • Our club is committed to using best practice standards in the recruitment, screening, and employment of any persons in a position of authority
  • Our club will work to create an environment in which children are safe and feel safe in all our programs, activities, events, or services
  • Our club will strive to ensure that persons in a position of authority do not harm, abuse or exploit children who are involved with our programs or services

This commitment was endorsed and approved by Belrose Tennis Club Inc. in September 2020 by the Club’s President and Secretary on behalf of the Club’s Committee.

Download a copy of the Tennis Australia Member Protection Policy.

The Member Protection  Officers (MPO) are the Club President at gcords@ozemail.com.au and Club Secretary at peroivo3@gmail.com– see also the Contact page. 

 

Diversity and Inclusion at Belrose Tennis Club

This Statement sets out our commitment and supports our overall aims for diversity and inclusion to ensure that:

  • The Club is diverse and inclusive.
  • Diversity and inclusion are embedded in our Club’s culture and our behaviours.
  • We create a culture where inclusive leadership thrives.
  • We ensure that all communities and individuals are valued and able to achieve their full potential.

To achieve these aims everyone involved at the Club has a vital role to play in supporting diversity and inclusion and acting against all forms of discrimination.

Diversity and Inclusion Policy

Policy Statement 

As a club we strive to contribute actively to enable more people to be active more often, in a manner that is safe, inclusive, and fair. This applies regardless of a person’s age, disability, gender, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status, or any other background.

This Policy strives to minimise risk and support our venue, programs, events, and individuals to deliver and experience a positive tennis experience for everyone.

Definitions

We have adopted the following definitions to explain our approach to diversity and inclusion:

Discrimination – treating someone in a less favourable way and causing them harm, because of their age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.

Diversity – acknowledging, celebrating, and respecting the differences between groups of people and between individuals. We will work to ensure that people can be assured of an environment in which their rights, dignity and individual worth are respected, and that they are able to enjoy their exercise without the threat of intimidation, victimisation, harassment or abuse.

Harassment – unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic, which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual’s dignity or creating and intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment. The focus is on the perception of the complainant not the intent of the perpetrator. Members and all participants are encouraged to complain of behaviours they find offensive even if it is not directed at them.

Inclusion – ensuring that tennis is equally accessible to any member of the community so they can be fully involved in whatever capacity they choose; and that they are supported to achieve their potential in any capacity e.g., player, volunteer, coach or official. We will work to ensure that people have a genuine and equal opportunity to participate to the full extent of their own ambitions and abilities, that they feel respected and valued and are not singled out, regarding their age, disability, sex, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status or any other background.

Positive action – Belrose Tennis Club is committed to taking positive steps to counteract the effects of physical or cultural barriers – whether real or perceived – that restrict the opportunity for all sections of the community to participate equally and fully.

We will ensure that as far as practicable we institute, support, or contribute to appropriate measures or initiatives that enable access to exercise and sport and participation in associated activities by people from for all sections of the community and that they can do so with dignity or without being singled out.

 

The Club’s Executive Committee has overall responsibility for implementation of this policy.