CHILD PROTECTION MEMO

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All Rotarians are devoted to the safety of the community members that they have dealings with, most particularly the children and youth in the Rotary programs that are provided for their benefit. These Programs include but are not restricted to Rotary Youth Exchange (YEP), Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA), Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN), Interact Clubs in High Schools, various Youth Science Programs and Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA).

Rotary International has emphasized its commitment to protection of youth by adopting a 'Statement of Conduct for Working with Youth': -
"Rotary International strives to create and maintain a safe environment for all youth who participate in Rotary activities. To the best of their ability, Rotarians, Rotarians' spouses, and partners, and other volunteers must safeguard the children and young people they come into contact with and protect them from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse".

District 9500 has received Official Certification from Rotary International to enable continuation of the Youth Exchange Program.

POLICE CHECKS
A new much simplified Police Check Procedure has been put in place, with Club Presidents authorised to sign applications. Police Checks for Rotarians expire after three years. Clubs are to keep a Register of all police checked applicants who have been cleared to work with children and the date the check was granted.
A Police Check is now of no value on its own. It must be augmented by Reference Checks.

STATE LEGISLATION
Furthermore, there is State Legislation in the form of the Children's Protection Act as well as Regulations which dictate certain obligations and also State provisions which provide assistance in fulfilling those obligations by the availability of free Police Checks for Volunteers.

CLUB PROTECTION OFFICER
Each Club should appoint a Club Protection Officer, who should be a responsible person within the Club who is not directly connected with the running of the Youth Exchange Programs. A suitable person for this position could be the Club Risk Management Officer. The Club Protection Officer's duty is to monitor that the main duties required of a Club certified to Host or Sponsor an Exchange Student have been carried out. This is done by completing an Annual Check List.

DOCUMENTATION
There is now a wealth of information available to assist Rotary Clubs and Rotarians in understanding their obligations and responsibilities according to their degree of involvement with Rotary Youth Programs. 
 

NATIONAL POLICE CERTIFICATE

Is it time to renew your Police Certificate?  Police Certificates should be renewed every three years to remain within the guidelines of the District.

If you haven’t had a Police check done it is an interactive form which can be found using this link –

http://www.sapolice.sa.gov.au/sapol/services/information_requests/police_checks.jsp

The printed version is also attached.
 

Volunteer organisation authorisation number (VOAN) for Rotary is 1809.