Youth and Surf Life Saving – it’s more than you think

Surf Life Saving plays a key role in the community in providing a safe and supportive environment in which young people can grow and develop into young adults with a range of skills that are relevant within all aspects of their life. Approximately 50% of the organisations membership Australia wide are under the age of 18 and as such are critical to the ongoing development and success of the organisation both now and into the future.

Surf Life Saving’s youth are not only the key to our organisations future but in many cases are leading the way now.

Surf Life Saving offer’s a real social network and allows members of all ages to:

– give back to the community;

– make lifelong friendships with people from all across the world;

– learn valuable beach and surf safety;

– rescue and resuscitation skills; and

– develop self confidence and strong leadership attributes.

SLSQ South Coast Branch / Gold Coast Surf Life Saving Youth Development

Check back here regularly for more information on upcoming events that are held regularly with Point Danger Branch, including camps, Youth Excellence Program (YEP) and inter-branch activities. Current youth members and  Youth and Membership Development Officers can request to join our Facebook page. If you have any issues with accessing this page or wish to discuss anything further,  please do not hesitate to contact the Gold Coast Lifesaving Development Officer  or Branch Youth Development Officer.

Surf Life Saving Queensland, South Coast Branch Inc. – Child and Youth Risk Management Strategy

Surf Life Saving Queensland South Coast Branch Inc. (SCB) is committed to providing a safe environment for children and youth (those under 18 years of age) within its care. SCB has in excess of 3,600 children and youth members within its care. SCB has implemented a child and youth protection strategy in line with the Surf Life Saving Queensland Child and Youth Risk Management Strategy which falls in line with the legislative requirements for an organisation such as ours. The strategy and resource is based around 8 key mandatory requirements:

Commitment

  • A statement of commitment to the principles of safe and supportive service environments (mandatory requirement 1), and
  • A code of conduct (mandatory requirement 2).

Capability

  • Recruitment, selection, training and management strategies that encourage best practice and enhance the safety and well-being of children and young people (mandatory requirement 3).

Concerns

  • Policies and procedures for handling disclosures and suspicions of harm (mandatory requirement 4)
  • Policies and procedures for the occasions where there might be a breach of the organisation’s child and youth risk management strategy (mandatory requirement 5), and
  • A planning process for high risk activities and special events (mandatory requirement 7).

Consistency

  • Policies and procedures for compliance with Part 6 of the Commission’s Act (which regulates the blue card system) [mandatory requirement 6], and
  • Strategies for communication and support for all stakeholders including children and young people (mandatory requirement 8).

The full Child and Youth Risk Management Strategy including additional resources, policies, procedures, guidelines forms and templates dealing with all aspects of child protection and safety are kept at the Surf Life Saving Queensland Gold Coast Regional Office.

It is everyone’s responsibility to keep our children safe, so if you see or hear of any suspicious activity, it must be reported. Depending on the immediacy or seriousness of any suspicious activity or act, a report can be made to the President, Youth Development Officer, the Police or the Commission for Children.For any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Surf Life Saving Queensland Gold Coast Regional Office, Branch Executive or  Branch Youth Development Officer.