Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Child Matters offer child protection services

Child Matters offer child protection services to sporting organisations

New Zealand sporting organisations and clubs are being reminded to review their policies, practices and training in regards to keeping children and young people safe.

The timely reminder comes from charitable organisation, Child Matters, following the sentencing yesterday of former USA gymnastics team doctor, Larry Nassar, who received between 40 to 175 years in prison for abusing athletes in his care.

Child Matters chief executive, Jane Searle, says many of our country’s children and young people regularly play sport. Having the right policies, practices and training in place in order to protect them at every level, of every sporting association, must be taken seriously.

“It’s vital that our children and young people feel safe when they are playing sport and that if something is not right, they feel able to speak up. Sports codes, clubs and organisations must have the skills and confidence to appropriately respond to ensure children are kept safe and get the support they need.

“Equally, families have a right to feel confident that when their children are engaging in sport, that the adults around them are safe and their children are being looked after.”

Mrs Searle says sporting organisations and clubs can work with organisations like Child Matters to review their policies and practices, and to develop new systems as required.

This morning, Sport New Zealand chief executive, Peter Miskimmin, told Radio New Zealand that most national sporting organisations have a child protection policy and a designated child protection person or officer to safeguard young people, athletes and those volunteering and working in sport.

He stated that the case in America is a reminder that all people dealing with youth have a duty of care to ensure kids get the benefits from being involved in sport and recreation.

Mrs Searle says she hopes sporting organisations throughout the country will be reviewing their policies, practices and training in light of this case.

“As a community, we all have a role to play in keeping our children and young people safe and providing the right policies, practices and training to the people in direct contact with our children is an important step.”

Since 1994, Child Matters has been advocating for the rights of children and young people, inspiring New Zealanders to make sure that every child flourishes in a safe, stable and nurturing environment. Child Matters has cemented its place as a world-class provider of training, policy and consulting services, while actively participating in the development of our community’s understanding and commitment to child protection.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Covid-19:Probable Case In A Returnee

The Ministry of Health is investigating a positive test result in a person who recently travelled from overseas and completed their stay in managed isolation in a facility in Auckland...

After meeting the final health assessment for release, she left managed isolation on 13 January and travelled home to the Northland region. She lives with one other person who has not been symptomatic, who has been tested and is also isolating while awaiting results...More>>

 

Oranga Tamariki: Chief Executive Grainne Moss Steps Down

Controversial Oranga Tamariki chief executive Grainne Moss has decided to step down. More>>

ALSO:

USA: Prime Minister Congratulates President Joe Biden On His Inauguration

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated President Joe Biden on his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States of America. “I look forward to building a close relationship with President Biden and working with him on issues that matter ... More>>

ALSO:

New Zealand Government: Cook Islanders To Resume Travel To New Zealand

The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Mark Brown have announced passengers from the Cook Islands can resume quarantine-free travel into New Zealand from 21 January, enabling access to essential services such ... More>>

ALSO:

A New Year: No politicians at Rātana in 2021

Annual celebrations at Rātana pā will be different this year, amid a decision to hold an internal hui for church adherents only… More>>

ALSO:

Government: New Public Housing Plan Announced

RT HON JACINDA ARDERN HON DR MEGAN WOODS The Government has released its Public Housing Plan 2021-2024 which outlines the intention of where 8,000 additional public and transitional housing places announced in Budget 2020, will go. “The Government ... More>>

Government: Pre-Departure Testing Extended To All Passengers To New Zealand

To further protect New Zealand from COVID-19, the Government is extending pre-departure testing to all passengers to New Zealand except from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. More>>

ALSO:

Covid: Border Exception for 1000 International Students

The Government has approved an exception class for 1000 international tertiary students, degree level and above, who began their study in New Zealand but were caught offshore when border restrictions began....More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels