NJFC takes a no-tolerance approach to child abuse. Child abuse can take a broad range of forms including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional or psychological abuse and neglect, and can occur whenever there is actual or potential harm to a child. NJFC has made the following commitment:
Commitment to Child Safety
All children who are a part of Northcote Junior Football Club (NJFC) have a right to feel and be safe. The welfare of the children in our care will always be our first priority and NJFC 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. NJFC’s activities are always carried out in the best interests of the children.
In April 2012 the Victorian Government initiated an inquiry into the handling of child abuse allegations. The resulting Betrayal of Trust report was presented to Parliament in November 2013. The Victorian Government supported the recommendations and in response introduced 7 Child Safe Standards that organisations across Victoria that work with children were required to introduce.
Over the past 18 months NJFC has implemented a range of changes to policies and procedures to implement these Standards, including a Child Safe Policy (to be tabled at Feb committee meeting), additional requirements and amended Codes of Conduct for all adults involved at the club, and the appointment of Child Safety Officers to be the contact people for anyone with concerns about the welfare of any child.
If you are anxious about the immediate welfare of a child call 000
Child Safety Officers
If you have other concerns contact one of our Child Safety Officers.
Family Assistance Officer Chris McGeachan (Geeks): firstname.lastname@example.org or 0409 013 023
President Chris Niall: email@example.com or 0419 011 628
Other bodies you might contact with concerns or for more information:
Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
Business hours: Northern and western suburbs 1300 664 977
After hours or immediate safety concerns: Child Protection Crisis Line (24 hours) 13 12 78
Victoria Police – Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team (SOCIT)
(03) 8690 4056
(03) 9698 8109