Safeguarding Children and Young People
New edition Safeguarding Children and Young People policy adopted by QSDCA, July 2023.
This policy is dry but necessary in today’s legal environment. The purpose of it might be viewed by some as obvious and common sense but the recent history from the Child Abuse Royal Commission (among other examples) shows that the ‘she’ll be right’ approach failed some decades ago.
Since first introduction in 2018, not much has changed about how QSDCA cricket matches are played or any other association business is done. Some changes to registration forms, enrolment forms and some other things like the association personnel who require blue cards have been done.
This new version of the policy means that child abuse issues will continue to be taken seriously. Reports will be investigated properly and those found at fault will be dealt with under the law. Parents and children can be assured that Subbies cricket is a safe place for kids to play cricket.
Links to the policy and codes documents below.
Member Protection Declaration Form
Cricket Australia’s Safeguarding Children and Young People Webpage
Australian Cricket’s Commitment to Safeguarding Children and Young People
Sport Integrity Australia (Play By The Rules) Online Child Protection Course
QSDCA How to do the Online Child Protection Course Aug 2022
To Report an Allegation or Concern of Child Abuse
All persons involved in our game play a crucial role in protecting Children and Young People and must follow the process set out in Australian Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children and Young People when making or responding to any complaints or allegations of Prohibited Conduct.
Download Australian Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children and Young People (below) for:
- Definitions – refer to the definitions on pages 8-11 of the Policy if you are unsure whether an allegation, suspicion or concern relates to prohibited conduct.
- Australian Cricket’s procedure for handling complaints and allegations of prohibited conduct – Annexure B.
- Contact details for advice or to report an allegation of child abuse – Annexure E.
Reports can be made via firstname.lastname@example.org and Cricket Australia’s Core Integrity hotline:
Phone: 1300 FAIR GAME (1300 3247 4263)
Email: or email@example.com
In accordance with these policies, the QSDCA has appointed an association Member Protection Information Officer.
The QSDCA Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO) is:
Mel Lowings, QSDCA Life Member Ph 0419 739 826
Australian Cricket (AC) Policy and Resources
AC Policy for Safeguarding Children and Young People July 2022
AC Looking After Our Kids Code of Behaviour for Affiliated Associations Clubs Indoor Centres 2022
AC Looking After Our Kids Code of Behaviour for Australian Cricket Personnel Aug 2021
AC Child Safety Officer (CSO) Toolkit
The Australian Cricket Child Safety Officer (CSO) Toolkit is a collection of resources designed to assist CSOs to promote a culture of child safety within their club, association or indoor centre. It includes:
- Templates to help promote child safety & talk about child safety
- Resources assisting to empower children and young people