Child Protection Policy

Maccabi WA Basketball is a not-for-profit club providing basketball to children and young people between the ages of 8 and 18 years.

Our Club operates in WA.

We take seriously our responsibility to deliver a basketball environment that is caring, nurturing and safe. Our Executive Committee is committed to safeguarding children and young people from abuse and neglect and ensuring that they are treated with dignity and respect.

Maccabi has a zero tolerance relating to abuse, neglect, harassment and discrimination of its members. We are committed to safeguarding the children and young people in our care. The following definitions are included to ensure that there is no doubt as to the Clubs intentions.
Sexual abuse
Sexual abuse is any act in which a person with power or authority over a child (female or male) uses a child for sexual gratification. An abuser can be an adult, adolescent or older child.

Sexual abuse spans a range of contact and non-contact behaviour.
Sexual abuse spans a range of contact and non-contact behaviour.
Non-contact behaviour includes:
• Making sexual comments (in person, in letters, or by telephone, text messages or email)
• Voyeurism – including commenting on physical attractiveness
• Exposing a child to pornography
• Nudity – an abuser exposing parts of their body or the child’s body.
Contact behaviour includes:
• Fondling or kissing
• Sexual penetration
• Exploiting a child through prostitution.
Physical abuse
Physical abuse occurs when a young person has been subjected to non-accidental physically aggressive acts. The abuser may inflict an injury intentionally or inadvertently as a result of physical punishment or the aggressive treatment of a child. Physically abusive behaviour includes (but is not limited to) shoving, hitting, slapping, shaking, throwing, punching, biting, burning and kicking.
Emotional or psychological abuse
Emotional or psychological abuse occurs when a caregiver repeatedly rejects or threatens a child. Often there is a pattern of emotional or psychological abuse, rather than a single incident. Such abuse may involve humiliating, terrorising, name-calling, belittlement, inappropriate symbolic acts or continual coldness from the caregiver, to an extent that results in significantly damage to the child’s physical, intellectual or emotional wellbeing and development.
Witnessing family violence
Witnessing family violence is a specific form of emotional or psychological abuse. Family violence is defined as violence between members of a family or extended family or those fulfilling the role of family in a child or young person’s life. Exposure to family violence places children and young people at increased risk of physical injury and harm and has a significant impact on their wellbeing and development.
Neglect
Neglect occurs when a caregiver fails to provide a child with the basic necessities of life. Such neglect includes the failure to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter, medical attention or supervision to the extent that the child’s health and development is, or is likely to be, significantly harmed.
We expect all within our organisation, regardless of their role or level of responsibility, to act to safeguard children from such harm by:
• adopting the practices and behaviour we have set as our standard when carrying out their roles, and
• reporting any abuse or neglect of which they become aware to our executive and/or to external authorities responsible for child protection or to police, regardless of whether that abuse is being perpetrated by personnel within our organisation, or by those outside our organisation including those from the child’s family, extended family, their family’s extended network or strangers.
Our Club’s commitment to providing a safe environment for the children and young people to whom we provide services is endorsed and approved by the Club Executive and Maccabi Victoria.

By order of

Executive of Maccabi WA