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Leisure & Aquatic Centres

Leisure & Aquatic Centres

Participating in physical activity and limiting sedentary behaviour is central to a child’s health, development and psychosocial wellbeing. Regular activity supports brain development, bone strength, muscle control, balance and coordination, and helps to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Being active can positively affect sleep patterns, mental health, concentration, self-esteem, and confidence.

Aquatic and leisure centres are important community spaces that contribute to the health and wellbeing of users. Used by a wide variety of people, aquatic leisure centres are particularly important for children learning to swim and participate in sports.

Leisure and aquatic centres face unique risks in delivering services such as swimming lessons and coaching in which adults and children naturally interact, as well as a range of other circumstances that simply do not exist in other facilities and services.

ChildSafe has consulted extensively with leisure centre staff to develop programs specific to the aquatic, sporting, and leisure facilities.

ChildSafe Australia is the expert in child safety that your organisation can rely on to help your staff meet your child safety requirements. ChildSafe’s framework strengthens your organisation’s screening, training, incident reporting, and risk management.

ChildSafe empowers organisations with training resources and tools to develop a culture of safe people, safe programs and safe places.

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ChildSafe Training for Leisure & Aquatic Centres

Childsafe has developed this training course specific to aquatic, sporting and leisure facilities. Our training addresses unique risks of delivering services such as the provision of lessons to children, and the offering of recreational pursuits, such as swimming, in which adults and children naturally interact, as well as a range of other circumstances that simply do not exist in other council facilities and services.

Topics covered include: 

  • The importance of child safety management 
  • Recognising abuse 
  • Responding to harm and abuse 
  • Risk, safety, and treating safety risks 
  • Incident and critical incident response 
  • Abuse, disclosure & reporting to authorities 
  • Grooming 
  • The unique environment of an aquatic and leisure facility and the associated risks 

Training to support you and your organisation in child safety.

Developing policies and procedures

Resources to turn policies into procedures, processes and actions.

Child Safety Standards

What are the Child Safety Standards for your organisation, club or association?

Risk management tools

SMO Framework to empower your organisation’s child safety practices.

Creating a culture of child safety

Fitting all the elements together

ChildSafe Australia has developed a child safety framework to empower organisations to develop a culture of safe people, safe places and safe programs. The ChildSafe framework brings together the essential elements that every organisation requires to develop a culture of child safety.

ChildSafe’s program has been developed with over 15 years of child safety experience working with organisations. The ChildSafe framework encompasses the 10 National Principles for Child Safety and guidelines for creating Child Safe Organisations.


Safety Management Online

Are you looking for a structured, systematic approach to help your organisation apply child safety standards?

Engage employees in training and compliance on their devices. SMO helps your organisation to:

  • Train staff at all levels
  • Create, share and implement child safety policies / procedures
  • Record Working with Children Checks
  • Implement robust onboarding and child safety checks
  • Capture, record, and report incidents
  • Save time and money in development of policies, processes, and systems

ChildSafe Training and Australia’s child safety standards.

ChildSafe’s training has been developed to help organisations meet the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations and state-based Child Safety Standards.

The National Principles for Child Safe Organisations (the National Principles) provide a national approach to cultivating organisational cultures and practices that foster child safety and wellbeing across all sectors in Australia. They give effect to the Royal Commission’s recommended child safe standards while including broader child safety and wellbeing.

Some states have developed State based Child Safety Standards.  ChildSafe’s training is delivered to reflect each states Child safety framework and reporting requirements.

At the core of these standards is education and training for staff and volunteers.

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