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Launch of the Child Safeguarding Pilot Series in WA Sporting Community

In a new initiative aimed at promoting child safety and well-being in sports, the launch of the True Sport Child Safeguarding Pilot Series marks a significant milestone for the Western Australian (WA) sporting community. Developed by True Sport, this innovative program promises to usher in a new era of accountability and protection for young athletes across the state.

The Child Safeguarding Pilot Series stands as a testament to the collective commitment of sporting organisations in WA to prioritise the safety and welfare of children involved in sporting activities across the state. By providing State Sporting Associations (SSAs) with comprehensive resources and training, the program seeks to empower them to effectively address and prevent safeguarding concerns within their respective domains.

One of the key highlights of the Pilot Series is its flexibility and adaptability, allowing SSAs to tailor their learning experience to suit their specific needs and schedules. This self-determined and self-paced approach not only enhances engagement but also fosters a sense of ownership and responsibility among participants.

The positive impact of the Child Safeguarding Pilot Series on the WA sporting community is multifaceted and far-reaching. Firstly, it equips SSAs with the knowledge and skills necessary to create safe and inclusive environments for young athletes, thereby mitigating the risk of abuse and exploitation. By promoting best practices in child safeguarding, the program strengthens the integrity and reputation of the sporting community as a whole.

Furthermore, the Pilot Series serves as a catalyst for collaboration and knowledge-sharing among SSAs, fostering stronger partnerships within the WA sporting ecosystem. Through collective action and shared insights, participating organisations can leverage each other’s strengths and resources to drive meaningful change and create a culture of safeguarding that transcends individual boundaries.

Ultimately, the launch of the Child Safeguarding Pilot Series represents a significant step forward in ensuring the well-being and protection of children in sports. By investing in the education and empowerment of sporting stakeholders, WA reaffirms its commitment to upholding the rights and dignity of every young athlete, paving the way for a safer and more inclusive sporting landscape for generations to come.

 “We are excited to continue to develop and implement the True Sport Child Safeguarding Initiative by supporting these sports directly through their Child Safeguarding journey” Acting CEO Ashleigh Apps.

Additionally, applications to be a contributor of the Child Safeguarding Pilot Series have been re-opened and we encourage any member of Sport West and/or State Sporting Association who have an interest in becoming apart of this group to email the Child Safeguarding Project Lead, Abbey Grosse, directly at abbeygrosse@sportwest.com.au. 

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