The West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) acknowledges that our staff, members, clubs and volunteers provide valuable contribution to the positive experiences of our junior participants. The WAFC is committed to ensuring the safety and welfare of its junior participants through the implementation of its Child Safeguarding Policy.
We welcome all children from all backgrounds and abilities to play in our game. Everyone who plays Australian Football in Western Australia has the right to
Be Safe, Feel Safe, Play Safe.
The WAFC is committed to promoting and protecting the safety and wellbeing of children and young people who access activities, programs, services or facilities for which the WAFC is responsible for. The WAFC's Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedure seeks to promote and protect the rights of all children in our care and prevent abuse from occurring by fostering a child safe culture.
As part of the WAFC's Commitment to Safeguarding, we commit to the following:
- The WAFC has zero tolerance for Child Abuse.
- The WAFC will seek to provide an environment in which all Children feel supported and respected.
- The WAFC recognises the particular needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children, Children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and Children with a disability and will implement culturally appropriate practices and procedures to address those needs.
- The WAFC will consider the opinions of Children and use their opinions to inform the development of policies and procedures in relation to the protection of Children.
- The WAFC will educate Children and their parents/guardians about self-protection and empowerment and ensure that relevant information and resources are accessible to them.
- In the event a concern or allegation is raised in relation to Child Abuse or any other inappropriate behaviour towards a Child that that occurred while a Child is under the WAFC's care, the WAFC will ensure it is treated seriously, in a culturally sensitive manner and fully investigated in accordance with this Policy, Supporting Documents, and any other related policies or procedures and relevant legislation.
- The WAFC will actively promote the safety of Children throughout the West Australian Football community, whilst recognising the need for local football leagues and clubs that are not under the WAFC's direct control to take responsibility for providing a safe physical and online environment for Children in their care.