SSLSC - Commitment to Safeguarding Children and Young People

Seaspray surf life saving club is committed to:

The safety and wellbeing of every child and young person who takes part in our activities, programs, events or services.

Ensuring that child safety is embedded in our club's culture, reflected in our policies and procedures, and understood and practiced at all levels from club administrators, volunteers, parents and participants, to ensure everyone understands the important responsibilities they have in relation to child safety.

Providing an environment in which children feel respected, valued and encouraged to reach their full potential.

SSLSC will achieve this by:
  • Providing children and young people with a positive and nurturing experience
  • Support families and the community to promote the healthy development and welling being of all children
  • Ensure that children and young people are protected from abuse and harm
  • Challenging inappropriate behaviours of any of its members or members of the community

Standards of behaviour are required of all persons involved in Surf Life Saving.

The Policy 6.04 Child Safe is underpinned by the following core values:

  • act within the vision, mission and values of our organisation/movement;
  • display respect and courtesy towards everyone involved and prevent discrimination and harassment;
  • prioritise the safety and wellbeing of CYP involved in our organisation/movement; •report any behaviour that is a breach of this Policy to help prevent the abuse of CYP in SLS; and
  • encourage and support opportunities for participation of CYP in all aspects of SLS and empower them to have a voice.

Seaspray surf life saving comply with the guidance provided by LSV on safe guarding children and young people in reporting child abuse 

WWC Check - Seaspray surf lifesaving club requirements

Who needs to have a WWC Check within Seaspray surf lifesaving club?
Any person 18 years and over, in a voluntary or salaried position, who works with person's under 18 years of age in any capacity is required to have a valid Working with Children Check registered to Life Saving Victoria and their Life Saving Club.

The Department of Justice WWC Check website defines “Child related work as contact with a child that is “direct” and part of the person’s duties. Direct contact includes oral, written or electronic communications as well as face to face”. (viewed 11
July 2017,

The following matrix illustrates the nature whereby Members 18 years and over require a WWC Check:

Categories Working With Children Check Required by LSV

Active (Patrolling Members)  -Yes

Trainers (qualified or unqualified) & Camp Leaders  -Yes

Nipper Programs/Carnivals (qualified or unqualified eg. Officials, Age Managers, Team Managers, Coaches & Assistants - Yes

Associate Members - Is required only if and when the member falls under the WWC Check website definition as above.

Life Members - Is required only if and when the member falls under the WWC Check website definition as above.

Upon confirming member registration with Seaspray Surf Lifesaving Club for members who are required, your Working with Children Check will be required to forwarded to

  • WWC Number:
  • WWC Expiry number:

Working with Children check can be requested at Working with Children and you must ADD Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club to your list of organisations Note club details are: postal address: 1 Foreshore road, SEASPRAY VIC 3851, Phone: 03 4127 6800.

The club will confirm your WWC currency and record these details within your member profile in the Members Surf Guard database.  Please advise of any WWC updates by emailing

Member Code of Conduct

This Code of Conduct (Code) outlines the behaviour expected of, and by, Members and persons involved in, and interactions between, all such persons in the Surf Lifesaving community.
The Codes should be followed at all times and by all Members and all people involved in any way with  Seaspray SLS.

The code should be read in conjunction with Policy-6.04-Child-Safe  and Seaspray SLSC child safe commitment statement

 Members and all people involved in any way with Seaspray SLS will:
  1. respect the rights, dignity and worth of others—treat others as you would like to be treated
  2. be ethical, considerate, fair, courteous and honest in all dealings with other people and
  3. be professional in, and accept responsibility for your actions;
  4. be aware of and follow—at all times—SLS rules, regulations, policies and procedures and
    promote those laws, standards, rules, policies and procedures to others;
  5. raise concerns arising under this Policy through the appropriate channels and report any
    breaches of the Code or this Policy, in line with the Complaint Resolution Policy via
  6. refrain from any form of Bullying, Abuse, Harassment, Discrimination and Victimisation
    towards others;
  7. provide a safe environment for the conduct of activities in accordance with any relevant SLSA
  8. ensure SLS is an inclusive organisation that is open to all who wish to participate regardless of
    age, gender, disability, cultural and linguistic background or sexual orientation;
  9. provide a safe and nurturing environment for all participating in surf life saving by actively
    promoting the principles of equal opportunity, social justice and cultural safety so that all
    individuals are treated with respect and dignity;
  10. show concern, empathy and caution towards others that may be sick or injured;
  11. strive to be a positive role model to all;
  12. respect and protect confidential information obtained through Surf Lifesaving activities or
    services; whether individuals and/or organisational information;
  13. maintain the required standard of accreditation and/or licensing of professional competencies,
    as applicable to the role(s);
  14. ensure that any physical contact with others is appropriate to the situation and necessary for
    the person’s skill development;
  15. refrain from intimate relations with persons over whom you have a position of authority;
  16. maintain a duty of care towards others; and
  17. be impartial and accept responsibility for all actions taken

Full Member protection policy and Code of Conduct: Policy 6.05 Member Protection