Code of Conduct
The Willison Park Tennis Club is committed to being a welcoming family friendly environment and to the safety and wellbeing of children at the club. As such the club has created a Child Safety Policy and a Code of Conduct. By choosing to be a member of Willison Park Tennis Club you agree to adhere to our Code of Conduct including our Safeguarding Children Policy, Fair Play Policy and CovidSafe Rules.
Please feel free to contact our Member Protection Officer (or any committee member) with any issues or concerns
Rowena Donaghy 0417 360 600
Code of Conduct -
Safeguarding Children and Young People
All WPTC members, coaches, and volunteers who work with or may work with children under the age of 18 years are required to observe child safe principles and expectations for appropriate behaviour towards and in the company of children, as noted below.
All members, coaches, and volunteers are responsible for supporting the safety of children by:
- adhering to Willison Park Tennis Club’s child safe policy and upholding Willison Park Tennis Club’s statement of commitment to child safety at all times
- taking all reasonable steps to protect children from abuse
- treating everyone at Willison Park Tennis Club with respect
- listening and responding to the views and concerns of children, particularly if they are telling you that they or another child has been abused or that they are worried about their safety/ the safety of another child
- promoting the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children (for example, by never questioning an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child’s self-identification)
- promoting the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of children with culturally and/ or linguistically diverse backgrounds (for example, by having a zero tolerance of discrimination)
- promoting the safety, participation and empowerment of children with a disability (for example, during personal care activities)
- ensuring as far as practicable that adults are not alone with a child
- reporting any allegations of child abuse to the Willison Park Tennis Club Committee
- understanding and complying with all reporting obligations as they relate to mandatory reporting and reporting under the Crimes Act 1958
- reporting any child safety concerns to the Willison Park Tennis Club Committee
- if an allegation of child abuse is made, ensuring as quickly as possible that the child(ren) are safe.
Members, coaches and volunteers must not:
- ignore or disregard any suspected or disclosed child abuse
- develop any ‘special’ relationships with children that could be seen as favouritism (for example, the offering of gifts or special treatment for specific children)
- exhibit behaviours with children which may be construed as unnecessarily physical (for example inappropriate sitting on laps)
- put children at risk of abuse (for example, by locking doors)
- initiate unnecessary physical contact with children or do things of a personal nature that a child can do for themselves, such as toileting or changing clothes
- engage in open discussions of a mature or adult nature in the presence of children (for example, personal social activities)
- use inappropriate language in the presence of children
- express personal views on cultures, race or sexuality in the presence of children
- discriminate against any child, including because of age, gender, race, culture, vulnerability, sexuality, ethnicity or disability
- have contact with a child or their family outside Willison Park Tennis Club without the Willison Park Tennis Club Committee’s knowledge and/or consent, or the Willison Park Tennis Club Committee’s approval (for example, unauthorised sport coaching). Accidental contact, such as seeing people in the street, is appropriate.
- have any online contact with a child (including by social media, email, instant messaging etc) or their family (unless necessary e.g. by providing families with e-newsletters or assisting students with competition)
- use any personal communication channels/device such as a personal email account
- exchange personal contact details such as phone number, social networking sites or email addresses
- photograph or video a child without the consent of the parent or guardians
- work with children whilst under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs
- consume alcohol or drugs at the club or at club events in the presence of children.
Competition and tournament play
All members, coaches, and volunteers must additionally adhere to codes of conduct for competition and tournament play, as mandated by the organisation conducting such events.
Please click on the above tabs to see the individual policies