UWA Sport is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. At UWA Sport, all staff are dedicated to creating positive, safe, supportive, engaging and respectful relationships with children and families.
The UWA Sport Guidelines for Child Safeguarding and Protection in an Aquatic Setting: Child Safe Handling and Behaviour Management Practices outlines the approach that staff must take toward child safeguarding, including class management, appropriate handling, physical contact for educative purposes, and guidelines for behaviour management. It also discusses family involvement in children’s learning and avenues for children, staff, parents or other stakeholders to raise complaints or concerns about child welfare. To obtain a copy of this guideline, please email [email protected].
Any person can report a concern or make a complaint regarding the safety of children in UWA Sport programs. In non-emergency situations, concerns may be addressed with a pool deck supervisor, who may be able to intervene immediately. Alternatively, concerns may be raised with the Aquatics Business Manager via [email protected] using the subject line Attn Manager: Confidential, or by calling 6488 1412 during business hours and asking to speak to the Aquatics Business Manager.
If a child is in immediate danger or a person believes that they have knowledge of serious risk of harm, they should contact emergency services on 000 or the Department of Communities, Child Protection and Family Services on 1800 273 889. Serious concerns should usually be made to these agencies via phone where possible.