Junior Club Policies

Working with children - FAQ

All team officials and volunteers must have a current Working With Children check.

Please apply at: WWC Application

Boundary Umpires

Each team must provide a boundary umpire who he at least 16 years of age, or, in the opinion of the Field Umpire, of sufficient age be competent to perform the task. Boundary Umpires are not permitted to coach or communicate with any players or officials – other than during breaks between quarters. A Field Umpire may order from the field and report any team appointed Boundary Umpire who is in breach of this By-law. Any team appointed Boundary Umpire ordered from the field must be replaced.

Child Safe Code of Conduct

This Code of Conduct outlines appropriate standards of behaviour by adults towards children.

The Code of Conduct aims to protect children and reduce any opportunities for abuse or harm to occur. It also helps staff and volunteers by providing them with guidance on how to best support children and how to avoid or better manage difficult situations. This Code of Conduct applies to all people involved in Highett JFC’s activities, including coaches, officials, volunteers and parents.

See the full Code of Conduct form here

Child Safe Policy

Purpose

This policy was written to demonstrate the strong commitment of the management, staff and volunteers of Highett Junior Football Club to child safety and to provide an outline of the policies and practices the Club has developed to keep everyone safe from any harm, including abuse.

Commitment to Child Safety

All children who are a part of the Club have a right to feel and be safe. The welfare of the children in our care will always be our first priority and the Club has a zero tolerance to child abuse. The Club aims to create a child safe and child friendly environment where children feel safe and have fun and the Club’s activities are always carried out in the best interests of the children.

Application of this Policy

This policy was developed by the Club and in collaboration with the Highett Junior Football Club committee members.

This policy applies to all individuals involved in our organisation (paid and volunteer) including, but not limited to:

  • Administrators

  • Coaches

  • Officials

  • Participants

  • Parents

All of the people to which this policy applies have a role and responsibility in relation to child protection. They must all:

  • understand the indicators and risks of child abuse;

  • appropriately act on any concerns raised by children; and

  • understand and follow all applicable laws in relation to the protection of children and reporting or management of child safety concerns.

Child Abuse

Child abuse can take a broad range of forms including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional or psychological abuse and neglect. People to whom this policy applies need to be aware that child abuse can occur whenever there is actual or potential harm to a child, and these are circumstances that the Club is committed to reducing the risk of occurrence.

Children’s Rights to Safety and Participation

The Club encourages children to express their views about their safety. We listen to their suggestions, especially on matters that directly affect them. We actively encourage all children who use our services to ‘have a say’ about things that are important to them.

We teach children about what they can do if they feel unsafe. We listen to and act on any concerns children, or their parents, raise with us.

Some ways we do this is:

  • CSO attendance to team training sessions to communicate policy to children.

  • Coach and team officials training.

  • Inclusion of policy on club website.

Valuing Diversity

We value diversity and do not tolerate any discriminatory practices. To achieve this we:

  • promote the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of Aboriginal children and their families;

  • promote the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and their families;

  • welcome children with a disability and their families and act to promote their participation.

Recruiting staff and volunteers

The Club takes the following steps to ensure best practice standards in the recruitment and screening of staff and volunteers:

  • Interview and conduct referee checks on all staff and volunteers

  • Require Working with Children Checks for relevant positions.

  • Our commitment to Child Safety and our screening requirements are included in the induction process for new volunteers.

Supporting staff and volunteers

The Club seeks to attract and retain the best staff and volunteers. We provide support and supervision so people feel valued, respected and fairly treated. We have developed a Code of Conduct to provide guidance to our staff and volunteers, all of whom receive training on the requirements of the Code.

Reporting a child safety concern or complaint

The Club has appointed Craig Warner as Child Safety Person with the specific responsibility for responding to any complaints made by staff, volunteers, parents or children. Craig can be contacted by phoning 0409 558 800 or emailing craig.a.warner@gmail.com. The complaints process is outlined here.

Risk Management

We recognise the importance of a risk management approach to minimising the potential for child abuse or harm to occur and use this to inform our policy, procedures and activity planning. In addition to general occupational health and safety risks, we proactively manage risks of abuse to our children. To reduce the risk of child abuse occurring, adults to whom this policy applies should avoid direct, unsupervised contact with children. For example, this should be a consideration when:

  • using change room facilities;

  • using accommodation or overnight stays;

  • travel; or

  • physical contact when coaching or managing children.

Reviewing this policy

This policy will be reviewed every two years and we undertake to seek views, comments and suggestions from children, parents, carers, staff and volunteers involved in the Club.

Written By: Craig Warner
Approved By: Jason McGrath, Vanessa Charles, Cameron Mitchell, Damien Staford.
Endorsed By: Highett Junior Football Club
Date for Review: 30th February 2020

Field Umpires Modified Rules

Modified Rules – each team must supply an umpire (must be at least 18 years old and have completed the necessary SMJFL provided training).

Goal Umpires

Each team must provide a Goal Umpire who is at least 16 years of age or, in the opinion of the Field Umpire, of sufficient age to be competent to perform the task.

Each Goal Umpire shall be responsible for keeping score and the Goal Umpires shall confer and verify scores at the end of each quarter. At the completion of the match they must sign each other’s scorecard.

Only in the case of a disagreement on scores by the Goal Umpires will the Timekeeper cards be regarded as correct. Update team sheet Yes 8pm match day Make sure all players who played are entered. Remove players who did not play. Dispute Team sheet No 12pm Tuesday Clubs must notify the SMJFL if opposition’s online team sheet does not match paper team sheet. Best players No May be entered Goal kickers No May be entered Goal Umpires shall be responsible for ensuring that the area between and behind the goals is kept clear of spectators and obstacles and must not enter the field or dispute decisions of the Field Umpires at any time.

Goal Umpires are not permitted to coach or communicate with any players or officials – other than during breaks between quarters. A Field Umpire may order from the field and report any team appointed Goal Umpire who is in breach of this By-law. Any team appointed Goal Umpire ordered from the field must be replaced.

Highett JFC Child Safe Mission Statement

The Highett JFC have adopted the following mission statement in line with the South Metro Junior Football League to ensure the safety of all children;

“To provide kids a safe, supportive and inclusive environment which develops, promotes and encourages participation in Australian Rules Football.”

Written By: Craig Warner
Approved By: Jason McGrath, Cameron Mitchell, Vanessa Charles, Damien & Tanya, Eddie Weber, Graham Dudley, James McCann, Kim Waugh, Mathew Smallwood, Peter Beames, and Tina Richardson
Endorsed By: HJFC Committee via correspondence.
Date for Review: 2020

Runner

Runners must be at least 16 years of age or, in the opinion of the Field Umpire, of sufficient age to be competent to perform the task.

Runners may deliver a message to a maximum of 2 players before they must leave the field.

Runners must not coach, barrack or in any way deliberately obstruct play or interfere with a player or official from the opposing team

Scoreboard Attendant

The home team shall provide a scoreboard attendant, who must ensure that the scoreboard is up-to-date at all times during a match.

Scoreboard attendants must be at least 12 years old or, in the opinion of the Field Umpire, of sufficient age to be competent to perform the task.

Time keeper

Timekeeper is to be provided by each team and the home team shall provide an accurate timing device and siren, bell or other appropriate audible signaling device.

Timekeepers must be at least 16 years of age or, in the opinion of the Field Umpire, of sufficient age to be competent to perform the task.

The Timekeepers shall progressively record the scores on the reverse of the official Timekeepers card, and shall sign it at the conclusion of the football match.

The Timekeepers must sound a warning siren five minutes prior to the start of the game, one minute prior to the conclusion of the ¼ time and ¾ time breaks and 3 minutes prior to the conclusion of the ½ time break.

The clock shall only be stopped in the case of a Concussion.

If a player is deemed to be concussed on match day, they should not return to the field of play (or training) until such time as a doctor’s certificate has been obtained indicating they are fit to play. This process is to be managed at club level.

Trainer

All Member Clubs must appoint a minimum of one Trainer per team who has completed Emergency Response Training (ERT) and holds a minimum qualification of Level 1 First Aid with an up to date CPR component.

The Trainer must be present for the duration of all games. Medical practitioners can act as a trainer provided they are in a current clinical practice and registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Medical practitioners are encouraged to undertake ERT and Level 1 First Aid if their clinical practice does not include management of acutely ill patients.

Each team must provide one first aid kit (including ice) for use by the team Trainer(s)

Umpire Escort

Umpire escorts must be at least 18 years of age or, in the opinion of the Field Umpire, of sufficient age to be competent to perform the task.

Both teams must supply an Umpire Escort who shall escort the Field Umpires to and from the ground at the commencement of the match, at half-time and at the conclusion of the match. Each escort shall commence from or conclude at the door of the Umpires’ Room, as the case may be.

During the first and third quarter breaks the Umpires’ Escorts must remain with the umpires, and provide drinks for them.

During play Umpires’ Escorts shall act as Interchange Stewards to ensure that players enter and exit the ground via the designated interchange area.

Water Carrier

Water Carriers must be at least 12 years of age or, in the opinion of the Field Umpire, of sufficient age to be competent to perform the task. One (1) Water Carrier is permitted to enter the field of play to deliver water to players in all grades up to and including the under 12 competitions. Two (2) Water Carriers are permitted to enter the field of play to deliver water to players in the under 13 to under 17 ½ competitions. Water Carriers are only permitted to carry plastic water bottles on to the field of play. Metal and glass bottles, and water bottle carriers, are not permitted on the field of play.

Water Carriers shall only enter the field of play behind play to deliver water to the players whilst: a player from either side is having a set shot for goal; or whilst the football is being retrieved and returned to the field umpire who will be located in the centre of the ground after a goal has been scored.

Where a player having a set shot for goal misses the goal, all Water Carriers must immediately leave the playing field

Water Carriers:

  • may enter the field of play from any position on the ground.

  • are not permitted to communicate with the Team Bench other than during the breaks between quarters.

  • must not at any time other than during the breaks between quarters be within 30 metres of the Team Bench.

  • are not permitted to pass messages or give instructions to players, or disrupt play.

A Field Umpire may order from the field and report any Water Carrier who is in breach of these By-laws. Any Water Carrier ordered from the field may be replaced.