SLSNT takes seriously its responsibility to deliver a safe, fair and inclusive environment for Children & Young People involved in Surf Life Saving. We have adopted the following Commitment Statement and resources released by Surf Life Saving Australia. 

Surf Life Saving's Commitment Statement


Surf Life Saving (SLS) is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all Children & Young People (CYP) who are involved in SLS. Our policies and procedures seek to address risks to child safety and to establish child safe culture and practices in line with the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.

We promote equity, respect and diversity by:

  • actively anticipating CYP’s diverse circumstances and responding effectively to those with additional vulnerabilities;
  • providing all CYP access to information, support and reporting processes;
  • empowering CYP by giving them a voice and encouraging them to speak up on decisions that affect them;
  • creating a fun and positive environment for CYP to be involved in; and
  • paying attention to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander CYP, CYP with a disability, CYP who identify as LGBTIQ and CYP from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The SLSA Board endorses the Child Safe commitment to keeping CYP safe from abuse and neglect.

John Baker ESM
President

What is the Child Safe Program?

The Child Safe Program assists Surf Life Saving (SLS) in our commitment to the protection of Children and Young People (CYP) from abuse, harm and exploitation.

The program builds the capacity of SLS to protect our CYP by providing resources and education to support clubs to provide a safe environment for all members. Clubs can begin to provide a safe environment through the development and implementation of the following key strategies:

  • A statement of commitment to child safety
  • Implementation of the code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour when dealing with CYP
  • Screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel
  • Educate and inform members of the signs and indicators of child abuse
  • Processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
  • Regular communication, awareness and promotion of the Child Safe Program
  • Strategies to identify and remove risks to CYP
  • Strategies to communicate and promote the participation and empowerment of CYP within the club

Resources, webinars and an online training course have been developed to assist all Clubs to achieve these standards outlined above.

The Child Safe Program is underwritten by the Surf Life Saving Australia Child Safe Policy.

For more information

On the program and resources to implement in your Club visit the SLSA website (www.sls.com.au/childsafe)

  • Child Safe Policy - aims to assist all SLS Entities uphold its responsibility to create a safe, fair and inclusive environment for all Children & Young People. 
  • Commitment Statement - the SLSA Board endorses the Child Safe commitment to keeping CYP safe from abuse and neglect.
  • Child Safe Guideline - developed to assist all Surf Life Saving clubs and members to meet their obligations, specifically relating to children and young people, under the Surf Life Saving Australia Child Safe Policy.
  • Child Safe Course - provides participants with: an awareness of child abuse and child protection and the confidence to be able to take appropriate action when they become concerned for the safety of a child.
  • Member Protection and Inclusion - this Policy aims to assist SLSA to uphold its core values and create a safe, fair and inclusive environment for everyone associated with surf lifesaving.

Reporting Child Safe Matters