|Posted by Anna Haynes|
|Sunday, 12 September 2010|
Purpose of Policy
As a State Sporting Association, the WA Flying Disc Association Inc (WAFDA) has legal and moral obligations to provide safe environments and responsibly govern flying disc sports in WA.
Policies assist the Committee to adequately meet these obligations and to maintain responsible behaviour and ethical and informed decision-making within our sport. Our policy outlines our commitment to a person’s right to be treated with respect and dignity, and to be safe and protected from abuse.
It informs everyone of his or her legal and ethical rights and responsibilities and the standards of behaviour that are required. It also covers the care and protection of children participating in our sport’s activities.
Who the policy applies to
The policy specifies who it applies to but generally this includes member, employees, board members, committee and sub-committee members, administrators, coaches, support personnel and players/athletes (and whether they are appointed, elected or selected to these roles); life members; parents, spectators and sponsors.
The following policy states WAFDA's position on and requirements relating to:
Other Australian Flying Disc Association Policies include:
The complete list of AFDA policies, all of which are applicable here in WA, can be found here.
These policies are just some measures we have put in place to help us ensure that our sport is safe, welcoming and enjoyable. It provides assurances to all those involved and those wishing to be involved in our sport that improper conduct will not be tolerated.
These policies covers breaches of our codes of behaviour, any behaviour that brings or is likely to bring our sport into disrepute and other inappropriate behaviour whether that occurs at practice/training sessions, in the club rooms, at meetings, at events and activities organised or sanctioned by the sport,
Working with Children Check requirements
Underlying the policy is a range of laws which vary from state to state. Despite some differences, there are some universal minimum standards that the law applies to persons involved in sporting activities. These include anti-discrimination laws, criminal law and child protection laws. For people in our sport who work, coach, supervise or have regular unsupervised contact with people under the age of 18 years must obtain a Working With Childrens (WWC) check.
The WWC Check
The Working with Children Check (WWC Check) is a compulsory criminal check for many people who work with children under the age of 18 in WA. It is administered by the Working with Children Screening Unit (WWCSU), Department for Child Protection. For more details please visit the official website.
Our sport takes all complaints about inappropriate behaviour, both on and off-field, seriously. A range of steps have been set out in the Member Protection Policy for dealing with groups or individuals who engage in any of the behaviour prohibited by the policy.
All complaints will be handled based on the principles of procedural fairness (natural justice), that is:
A person(s) found guilty of breaching the policy, including making a false or malicious allegation, may be sanctioned by a range of measures including from a verbal warning up to expulsion from the sport. A group/body found guilty of breaching the policy could be suspended or expelled from membership of both the WA Flying Disc Association and the Australian Flying Disc Association.
All Policies are subject to an annual review by the Executive Committee. Below is the WAFDA Policy Review timetable.
The Australian Flying Disc Association (AFDA) policies are reviewed as per the AFDA policy review timetable.