Category Archives: News

Statement of Commitment to Child Safety

Everyone associated with Sports Focus including, but not limited to; directors, staff, contractors and volunteers want children to be safe, happy and empowered. We support and respect all children. We are, and always will be, committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of all children. We have zero tolerance of child abuse, and all allegations […]

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WWCC vs Police Check

The Working with Children Check (WWCC) and a Police Check are two different checks. Under the Working with Children Act 2005, if you are doing child-related work and are not exempt, you must have a WWCC, even if you already have a Police Check. The WWCC screens a person’s criminal records and in some cases […]

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Child Safe Standards – What does your club need to do?

The Victorian State Government has introduced compulsory minimum standards that apply to organisations that provide services for children to help protect children from all forms of abuse. The Victorian Child Safety Standards now apply to sporting organisations that operate and provide sporting services for children within Victoria. There are seven (7) different requirements that make up the standards, which sporting organisations […]

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Let Kids Be Kids

It’s finals time for winter sports and with that comes the expectation to perform and win. In the case of children’s sport, it’s a timely reminder to parents/guardians, coaches, officials and supporters to remember why children participate in sport…to have fun with their friends. Let’s make sure the children in your care have the best […]

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Building a positive club culture

Sporting clubs provide ample social opportunities for individuals, families and communities, therefore having a strong and positive culture at your club is an important factor to ensure people have a positive and pleasant experience. Developing a successful club culture is often discussed in clubs, however without a clear idea of what it actually requires. Club […]

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Preparing your club – new Victorian Child Safety Standards

The Victorian State Government has introduced compulsory minimum standards that will apply to organisations that provide service for children to help protect children from all forms of abuse.  From 1 January 2017, the Victorian Child Safety Standards will apply to sporting organisations that operate and provide sporting services for children within Victoria. There are seven different requirements […]

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