Child protection

Mountains Fencing Club (MFC) is committed to the safety and well being of all our members. Member protection is the responsibility of all members, volunteers, parents and carers. The measures the club has in place to meet our member protection responsibilities include:

  • as a NSWFA affiliated club we follow both the Child Protection Policy of NSWFA and the Member Protection Policy of the AFF
  • all our coaches are accredited by and affiliated with the AFF
  • MFC has developed its own detailed child protection policy which applies to all members, coaches, volunteers, parents and carers.

This information is a summary of the procedures and guidelines that the club has in place for ensuring that all members, including children and young people, can enjoy fencing in a safe and inclusive environment.

Inclusiveness and freedom from discrimination, harassment and bullying

The club is welcoming and seeks to include members from all areas of our community. The club is committed to providing an environment in which people are treated fairly and equitably and that is, as far as practicable, free from all forms of discrimination, harassment and bullying.

All people, regardless of their abilities, culture, gender and sexual identity are welcome at the club. The club is committed to making reasonable adjustments and providing flexibility to support participation.

The club strives to provide a safe environment and will not tolerate any form of discrimination, harassment or bullying. Any member engaging in such behaviour may have their membership permanently terminated.

Procedure for ensuring the suitability of volunteer coaches and other relevant positions

  • All MFC coaches and Child Protection Officers have current NSW Working with Children Checks.
  • The Working with Children Checks are verified by the MFC Committee before any coach or Child Protection Officer assumes the responsibilities of their role.
  • All MFC coaches and Child Protection Officers have a PBTR – Child Protection Certificate from the Australian Sports Commission or equivalent child protection training.
  • All MFC coaches have a current first aid certificate.
  • All MFC coaches are accredited by the Australian Fencing Federation.

Guidelines for the inclusion of children and young people in club training activities

  • Children should be accompanied by a parent or guardian who remains present throughout the duration of training sessions.
  • All training sessions are supervised by an MFC coach, or more than one MFC coach if possible.
  • MFC prefers that any activity requiring close physical contact, e.g. help with putting on gear, is done by parents/carers.
  • It is the responsibility of all club members to create a safe and friendly environment within club training sessions.

Procedure for reporting allegations of child abuse

If a risk or an instance of child abuse or neglect is noticed by any club member, parent or carer this can be brought to the attention of MFC Coaches at the training session, reported to an MFC Child Protection Officer or reported directly to the NSW Police Force on 000, the NSW Police Assistance Line on 131 444 and the Community Services Child Protection Helpline 133 627.

The MFC Child Protection officer is Rob Linigen. He can be contacted on childprotection@mountainsfencing.com.au

New South Wales Fencing Association also has Child Protection Officers whose details can be found at www.nswfencing.org.au