Life Saving Victoria is committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of all its members and is dedicated to providing a best practise approach to ensure a safe environment for those participating in lifesaving activities.
Life Saving Victoria is a unique organisation that has multiple purposes including community service, sporting, education and leadership opportunities and programs. Each of these individual aspects inter-relate with each other. It is due to the multifaceted nature of Life Saving Victoria, that members 18 years of age and over interact with children across a broad spectrum of activities, that this policy must be broadly applied.
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Member Protection Officer (MPO)
Life Saving Victoria is committed to health, safety and wellbeing of all its members and is dedicated to providing a safe environment for those participating in lifesaving activities and events. We want lifesaving to be fun, enjoyable and safe for all. Lifesavers are nurtured in and environment that values safety, trust, respect, caring and responsibility. The environment encourages acceptance, confidence and educated risk taking.
Clubs – Member Protection Officer
All clubs are required to have an appointed MPO and communicate to all members, who they are, how to contact and their role. We strongly advise Clubs to appoint an MPO to be independent and where possible not directly reside on the Committee, this avoids conflict of interested perceived or actual.
It is important that your MPO is skilled and exhibits behaviour consistent to those of the role, including high level of integrity, ability to maintain confidentiality and treat matters with independence and sensitivity.
People with a background in counselling, teachers, police officers, or similar skills often make good MPO’s.
LSV can assist with identifying independent MPO’s if clubs are unable to identify a resource for the role. We also strongly encourage clubs to work with other clubs in their area, local sports and emergency services to share resources.
The Role of an MPO
The role of the MPO is to support members and protect them and the club’s wellbeing, to provide member welfare education and support.
Their primary role includes:
- Provision of confidential support and assistance to other members who wish to raise a concern or grievance, or who have had a grievance lodged against them.
- Provide Triage; act as initial contact for members; their role is to prioritise actions, needs and urgency based on assessed risk, need and grievance/complaint.
- Investigate and manage complaints and moderate mediation conferences or refer such matters to appropriate person.
- Provide support and education around safeguarding children to other members.
- Refer matters to Life Saving Victoria and/or police as outlined in Member Protection Policy
Position Description: LSV MPO Club Position Description V2.0
Complaints Handling Policy
Complaints Handling Process
Complaints Support Form
Upcoming Training Opportunities:
Please see link for a number of upcoming workshop opportunities, these workshops are intended to assist club officers to undertake and be confident in their roles.
Life Saving Victoria will be hosting Member Protection Officer workshop, which intended to assist club officers to undertake and be confident in their roles. The workshops will be held at Life Saving Victoria and delivered by Morgan Lander.
We strongly encourage Club President’s, Member Protection Officers, Grievance Officers and applicable club committee roles to attend.
Member Protection Officer (MPO) Workshop
|Workshop||Date & Duration||Registration|
|Member Protection Officer Training
|Sat 21st November 9am – 12pm||Register Here|
|Thurs 10th Dec 6pm – 9pm|
|Complaints Handling Training
|Sun 22nd November 9am – 12pm|
|Thurs 17th Dec 6pm – 9pm|
|Safer Clubs – Creating a Safeguarding Culture||Sat 21st November 1pm– 2.30pm|
|Mon 14th December 7pm – 8.30pm|
|Safer Clubs – Zero tolerance for Bullying, Sexual Harassment & Discrimination||26th November 7pm – 8.30pm|
|3rd December 7pm – 8.30pm|
PRESENTER: MORGAN LANDER, FOUNDER & PRINCIPAL
Morgan’s passion for protecting the vulnerable is second to none. Whilst undertaking a Bachelor Degree in Applied Science (Leisure & Health) through Sydney University, Morgan worked in disability, aged care and children’s residential facilities including Stewart House and Royal Far West Children’s Hospital on Sydney’s northern beaches. From this experience he developed a keen interest in human rights, risk management and the essential professional standards that are needed when working with vulnerable clientele.
From a young age and throughout his eight year front-line career, he developed and facilitated informative peer learning in a range of risk management areas. This resulted in a transition to Project Officer roles in the NSW public service including within the NSW Sport & Recreation – Child Protection & Employment Screening Unit, NSW Commission for Children & Young People and the Office of the Children’s Guardian.
Since 2006 he has developed and facilitated insightful and engaging adult learning seminars to a diverse range of industries within the human services and volunteer sectors. His delivery style and risk management knowledge are among his key strengths. Morgan has held recurrent contracts with both the NSW Office of Sport and Queensland Government in Member Protection and Complaint Handling facilitation since 2012.
Morgan continues to be an independent representative on the National Reference Group for Play By The Rules, a role that begun in 2006; has assisted the Australian Sports Commission in risk management, complaint handling and member protection since 2011 and is considered to be one of the leading practitioners in this field.
Safeguarding Children and Young People is Everyone’s Business
This page is an information page and will be maintained on a continuous basis, all latest information and resources for staff, volunteers, clubs and licencees will be found here.
The Victorian Government announced the introduction of compulsory Child Safe Standards for organisations which work with children in Victoria.
The Standards arose from a key recommendation from the landmark Betrayal of Trust Inquiry and support cultural change across organisations in order to ensure that children are protected from abuse and exploitation by staff and volunteers. The scheme builds on existing policies and procedures already in place to improve capacity and consistency across sectors.
LSV continues to work with Surf Life Saving Australia, the Australian Childhood Foundation and other Community organisations to ensure that LSV and clubs are provided with the resources and training to comply with these standards.
- Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements
- A child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety
- A code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children
- Screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel
- Processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
- Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse
- Strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children
Life Saving Victoria Commitment Statement
Life Saving Victoria is committed to the Safeguarding of Children and Young People (SCYP) and acknowledges a safeguarding organisation doesn’t just happen; it requires conscious action to protect children from harm.
It is imperative that we provide a safe and supportive environment for children and young people, that focus’ on fun, education and building the confidence of our people through positive learning and development.
LSV’s core values include being open, welcome and inclusive and building stronger and safer communities for everyone. LSV empowers and expects all employees, members, board members, affiliated Clubs, consultants, contractors and licensees, to create and maintain a safe culture for children and young people.
LSV is committed to reducing the risks of abuse and harm to children and young people, and will ensure all staff; members, affiliated Clubs, consultants, contractors and licensees understand and adhere to the SCYP Policy and Procedure, relevant legislation, and statutory requirements.
Latest News, Training and Resources;
The below resources, updates and news provide club administrators and parents/guardians with the tools they need to build and support a child-safe environment.
Upcoming Training Opportunities:
Please see link for a number of upcoming workshop opportunities, these workshops are intended to assist club officers to undertake and be confident in their roles. Member Welfare Training Opportunities please refer to the development section
The following webinars provide club members and parents/guardians with information, insights and best practice strategies to dealing with Safeguarding Children and Young People related topics.
Club & Member Resources
UNDERSTANDING SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
The Safeguarding Children and Young People Guidelines have been developed to assist all Surf Life Saving members to meet their obligations, specifically relating to children and young people, under the Surf Life Saving Australia Member Protection Policy.
MEMBER PROTECTION POLICY
This Policy aims to assist SLSA to uphold its core values and create a safe, fair and inclusive environment for everyone associated with Lifesaving.
SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE RESOURCES
The below resources provide club administrators and parents/guardians with the tools they need to build and support a child-safe environment.
Safeguarding Children and Young People Club Handbook
- SLSA Guidelines
- Worksheet 1 – Make a Commitment
- Worksheet 2 – Follow the Code of Conduct
- Worksheet 3 – Screen and Recruit the Right People
- Worksheet 4 – Educate and Raise Awareness
- Worksheet 5 – Report
- Worksheet 6 – Engage and Communicate
Policies and Information
- Codes of Conduct for Dealing with Children and Young People in position of Authority
- LSV Safeguarding CYP Commitment Statement
- LSV Safeguarding CYP Behavioural Guidelines
- LSV Safeguarding CYP Reporting Process
Templates & Checklists
- Club Checklist
- Volunteer Member Checklist
- LSV Safeguarding CYP Report Form
- LSV Safeguarding CYP Media Consent Form
- LSV Safeguarding CYP Travel Consent Form
- Picking Up and Dropping off Guideline and Approval Form
- LSV Position Description Template
- Strategies for Creating a Child Safe Environment
- Involving Youth and Young People
- LSV Safeguarding CYP Risk Matrix
- LSV Safeguarding CYP Assessment and Control Tool
- Paid Staff Screening Checklist