Alcohol Policy

Our commitment

Our club supports the responsible consumption of alcohol and takes seriously any inappropriate behaviour that results from excessive drinking.

What we will do

Serving Alcohol

Alcohol will be served in compliance with the requirements of our club’s liquor licence and in accordance with the safety and wellbeing of patrons.

  • All employees, or volunteers will be trained in the Responsible Service of Alcohol.
  • The liquor licence will be displayed at the bar.
  • Excessive or rapid consumption of alcohol will be discouraged.
  • A person aged under 18 will not be permitted to be behind the bar under any circumstances.
  • A committee member will be present at events where alcohol is served.
Intoxicated patrons
  • Alcohol will not be served to any person who is intoxicated. Signs of intoxication include slurred speech, impaired balance, poor coordination, reduced inhibition, aggressive, belligerent and disrespectful behaviour.
  • Servers will follow procedures, provided in their training by the Liquor Licensing Commission, for dealing with and refusing alcohol to intoxicated patrons.
  • Intoxicated patrons will be asked to leave. Safe travel options will be suggested.
Underage drinking
  • People aged under 18 will not knowingly be served alcohol.
  • Staff will request proof of age, where appropriate, and only photo ID will be accepted.
Safe transport
  • We will prominently display taxi phone numbers in the venue.
  • Club members and bar staff will encourage intoxicated patrons to take safe transport home.
Food and other drinks
  • A range of snacks will be available when alcohol is served.
  • The club will provide a selection of low-alcohol and alcohol-free drinks, such as fruit juice and soft drink, at the bar and at social functions. Free jugs of water will also be available.
Promoting the responsible use of alcohol
  • Posters about responsible drinking and standard drinks measures will be prominently displayed.
  • We will educate members and supporters about our alcohol policy through our website, newsletter and other club communication.

What we ask you to do

All members, patrons and sporting personnel are required to comply with the following.

  • Under NO Circumstance bring alcohol onto the premises for consumption. It is a breach of the Clubs Liquor License for any person to bring alcohol onto the premises. Severe penalties may apply including suspension of membership to any person in breach of this rule.
  • Drink and behave responsibly at all club functions, events and away trips.
  • Do not supply alcohol to team members if they are aged under 18.
  • Do not drink alcohol at the club, club functions, matches or while away on trips if you are aged under 18.
  • Do not encourage others to drink alcohol excessively.
  • Do not spike another person’s drink.

Non-Compliance

The club will take action for breaches of behaviour and responsibilities outlined in this policy.

  • If members or sporting personnel become drunk at the club or other social events they will be asked to leave. Ongoing instances of intoxication will be in breach of our Code of Behaviour and can result in disciplinary action (e.g. suspension or termination of membership).
  • Spiking of drinks is a criminal offence that can be reported to police by victims. It can lead to serious police charges being laid against the offender/s. Separate action can be taken as a breach of our state sporting organisation’s and our club’s Member Protection Policy to provide for the protection, safety and welfare of members.
  • Serving alcohol to a minor is a criminal offence that can be reported to the police and the relevant liquor licensing authority by victims and their parents. It can lead to heavy fines. Separate action can be taken as a breach of our state sporting organisation’s and our club’s Member Protection Policy to provide for the protection, safety and welfare of
  • Any person aged under 18 found to have consumed alcohol while at a club function or on a trip in the care of the club (e.g. while attending a country carnival) may be suspended for the remainder of the competition/tournament. The young person’s parents shall be advised and will be responsible for getting their son/daughter home at their own
  • Any member or sporting personnel found to have behavedinappropriately because of over-consumption of alcohol (e.g. sexual harassment, verbal abuse, physical assault, neglect of a child) will face disciplinary action as outlined in our Member Protection Policy or Code of Behaviour.

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Smoke Free Policy

The Club recognises that passive smoking is hazardous to those non-smoking club members and visitors around them. Patrons have the right to be protected from exposure to tobacco smoke. Smoke-free areas, are designed to protect the health of children and people with pre-existing conditions. Smoke Free Areas also increase the comfort and enjoyment for all people using public spaces, especially spaces that may be crowded or where people congregate.   Accordingly, the following policy shall apply to all club facilities, functions, meetings and activities undertaken by the club and will apply to all members, officials, players and club visitors.

Facilities

The following areas of the club shall be completely smoke free!

  • Jet Park Clubrooms,
  • Canteen,
  • BBQ Area,
  • Foyer and toilets, and
  • Player/Referee change rooms.

Cigarettes will not be sold (including vending machines) at any time at or by the club.

Players, Officials & Coaches

Coaches, players, trainers, volunteers and officials will refrain from smoking and remain smoke free while involved in an official capacity for the club, on and off the field.

Functions

  • Smokers must dispose of cigarette butts properly and safely in the bins provided.

Playgrounds

A person must not smoke within 10 metres of children’s playground equipment located in a public area.

Who will enforce this law?

Authorised officers under the Tobacco Products Regulation Act 1997 will be responsible for enforcing this law.

What is the fine?

An expiation notice of $75 can be issued. The maximum fine is $200.

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Child Safe Policy

This outlines a Child Safe Policy that complies with Section 8C of the Children’s Protection Act 1993. This policy is adapted to reflect the size and nature of Modbury Soccer Club.

Purpose

This policy was written to demonstrate the strong commitment of Modbury Soccer Club to child safety and establishing and maintaining child safe and child friendly environments.

Context

This policy reflects our commitment to provide a safe environment where every person has the right to be treated with respect and is safe and protected from harm.

It complies with our obligations under the Children’s Protection Act 1993, including:

  • Section 8B – 8D – child safe environments and criminal history assessments for people working with children; and
  • Section 11 – Mandatory reporting.

It also complies with the Child safe environments: Principles of good practice and Child safe environments: Standards for dealing with information obtained about the criminal history of employees and volunteers who work with children issued by the Chief Executive. (Section 8A, Children’s Protection Act 1993).

Scope

This policy, from the date of endorsement, applies to all people involved in the organisation, including:

  • employees (permanent and casual)
  • volunteers
  • contractors
  • sub-contractors
  • work experience students
  • indirect service providers
  • any other individual involved in this organisation

Note: In this policy, the term “employee” is intended to cover all persons occupying any position listed above

Commitment to child safety

All children who come to Modbury Soccer Club have a right to feel and be safe.  We are committed to the safety and well-being of all children and young people accessing our services and the welfare of the children in our care will always be our first priority. We aim to create a child safe and child friendly environment where all children are valued and feel safe.

We have appointed a child safety officer as a first point of contact to provide advice and support to children, parents, employees and volunteers regarding the safety and well-being of children in our organisation.

This policy was developed in collaboration with all our employees, volunteers, the children who use our services and their parents.

Children’s participation

Modbury Soccer Club encourages and respects the views of children and young people who access our services.  We listen to and act upon any concerns that children, young people or their families raise with us. We teach children what they can do if they feel unsafe.

We ensure that children, young people and their families know their rights and how to access the complaints procedures available to them.

We value diversity and do not tolerate any discriminatory practices.

Recruitment practices

Modbury Soccer Club takes all reasonable steps to ensure that it engages the most suitable and appropriate people to work with children. We employ a range of screening measures and apply best practice standards in the screening and recruitment of employees and volunteers. We interview and conduct referee checks on all employees.

We conduct criminal history assessment for people working with children, as set out in Section 8B of the Children’s Protection Act 1993.  Criminal history assessments are required for anyone within our organisation that:

  • has regular contact with children and is not directly supervised at all times;
  • works in close proximity to children on a regular basis and is not directly supervised at all times; or
  • supervises or manages persons who:
    • have regular contact with children or
    • work in close proximity to children on a regular basis; or
    • has access to sensitive records relating to children or young people.

Exemptions from this requirement may apply in some circumstances.

We ensure that criminal history information is dealt with in accordance with the Child Safe Environments: Standards for dealing with information obtained about the criminal history of employees and volunteers who work with children, issued pursuant to Section 8A, Children’s Protection Act 1993.

Codes of Conduct

All members are made aware of, and must abide by the Club’s Codes of Conduct.  Our Codes of Conduct are ongoing in development, in collaboration with all our employees, volunteers, the children who use our services and their parents.

These include:

  • Player Code of Conduct – 2014
  • Senior Players – Rules and Responsibilities – 2009
  • Codes of Behaviour:
    • General Principles
    • Coaches
    • Administrators
    • Parents
    • Spectators.

Support for employees and volunteers

Modbury Soccer Club seeks to attract and retain the best employees and volunteers.  We provide support and supervision so people feel valued, respected and fairly treated.  We ensure that employees/volunteers who work with children have ongoing supervision, support and training so that their capacity is developed and enhanced to promote the establishment and maintenance of a child safe environment.

Strategies we have implemented include:

  • All new employees undergo induction and receive a copy of our child safe policy and code of conduct
  • All employees receive regular supervision sessions that include a focus on ongoing learning about child protection and other matters that affect children and young people
  • A child safety officer has been appointed as a first point of contact for all child protection matters.

Reporting and responding to suspected child abuse and neglect

Information about making appropriate reports of abuse or neglect is available from the Families SA website http://www.families.sa.gov.au/childsafe.

Modbury Soccer Club will not tolerate incidents of child abuse.

All employees and volunteers understand their obligation to notify the Child Abuse Report Line on 13 14 78 as soon as practicable if they have a reasonable suspicion that a child has been, or is being, abused or neglected.

From time to time we provide opportunities for employees to attend information sessions about these mandatory reporting obligations (Note:  offering formal training for staff and volunteers is not a legal requirement).  We also ensure that employees have access to relevant information resources such as:

We ensure that support is also available for the employee making the report, particularly where an ongoing service is provided to the child, young person and their family.

Supporting children, young people and their families

Child Protection is everyone’s responsibility. Modbury Soccer Club recognises that even where a report is made, we may still have a role in supporting the child or young person.

This support may include:

  • Referring the child, young person or their family to other appropriate services
  • Displaying information about services that can assist children and their families (such as the Kids Helpline and Youth Healthline) in areas accessed by children and their families.

Dealing with reports or concerns relating to the actions of an employee or volunteer of our organisation.

In addition to making a report to the Child Abuse Report Line, employees and volunteers must also report to Jacqueline Levett or management if reasonable suspicion is formed that a child has been, or is being, abused or neglected by another member, employee, or volunteer.

In response to any report to management concerning a member, employee or volunteer of this organisation, management may determine to take disciplinary action.

Other protective actions may also be introduced to ensure the safety of children and young people within our organisation.

Strategies to minimise risk

To help maintain a safe environment for children Modbury Soccer Club reviews its risks regularly and implements strategies to manage these risks.

Child Protection Procedures and Guidelines have been developed.

Policies and procedures may address (but are not limited to):

  • Transportation
  • Taking images of children
  • Supervision of children
  • Child safety officer
  • Complaints procedures
  • Physical contact
  • Responsibilities
  • Procedure for breaches of policy
  • Training\cyber safe guidelines
  • Protecting privacy and confidentiality
  • Procedures for dealing with situations where a member is being investigated for, or is charged with, a serious criminal offence.

Evaluation of these strategies and the development of additional strategies to minimise and control risks to children and young people occur as part of our ongoing risk management process.

Harassment/bullying

Modbury Soccer Club opposes all forms of harassment, discrimination and bullying.  We take this issue seriously and encourage anyone who believes that they, or another person, has been harassed, discriminated against or bullied to raise this issue with the Club’s Child Safe Officer or management.

Communication

Modbury Soccer Club will ensure that everyone to whom this policy applies is aware of and has had an opportunity to read the policy.

We also ask employees, volunteers and parents (where appropriate) to sign a written statement indicating that they have read and will abide by our child-safe policy.  We retain a copy of all signed statements.

Related policies and procedures

The following are related policies and procedures that support the Club’s child-safe policy.

  • Codes of conduct and behaviour
  • Template statement to be signed by employees, volunteers and parents indicating they have read and will abide by this policy
  • Child Protection Procedures and Guidelines, including:
  • Procedures for dealing with members charged with, or under investigation for, a serious criminal offence
  • Staff and volunteer recruitment procedures, including those relating to conducting criminal history assessments (refer to appendix 1)
  • Mandatory reporting procedures (including where a suspicion is reported to the Club)
  • Risk management strategies

Appendix 1 – Conducting criminal history assessments

Assessments required for prescribed positions

All employees and volunteers of Modbury Soccer Club who occupy a prescribed position (as set out under Section 8B (8) of the Children’s Protection Act 1993) are required to undergo a criminal history assessment once every three years.

Criminal history assessments are also required prior to the appointment of new employees or members to prescribed positions.

Exemptions from this requirement may apply in some circumstances (see below). However Modbury Soccer Club retains the discretion to decide on a case-by-case basis whether any relevant exemptions will be exercised.

This requirement applies to all employees who regularly work with or around children in an unsupervised capacity or have access to prescribed records relating to children.

Procedure for conducting criminal history assessments

A satisfactory criminal history assessment is a precondition of working in a prescribed position at Modbury Soccer Club.

Prior to the appointment of a new employee/volunteer and then at three yearly intervals, this organisation will direct the employee/volunteer to obtain a National Police Certificate (NPC) from South Australia Police. The cost of obtaining a NPC is borne by the Football Federation of South Australia.

South Australia Police require the explicit written consent of the applicant prior to the release of criminal history information.  The NPC application form is available from www.police.sa.gov.au/sapol/services/information_requests/national_police_certificate.jsp.

When the NPC has been complete. The original copy must be sighted and recoreded by Modbury Soccer Club and Football Federation of South Australia.

If an individual does have a criminal history, Modbury Soccer Club assesses this information in accordance with Standard 5 of the Child Safe Environments:  Standards for dealing with information obtained about the criminal history of employees and volunteers who work with children.

Each assessment is conducted on its individual merits and with consideration to the inherent requirements of the position. Principles of procedural fairness and natural justice are applied throughout the decision-making process and the individual is provided an opportunity to confirm or dispute the information contained within the report and to provide contextual information for consideration during the assessment process.

The National Police Certificate will not be retained once a decision has been made regarding the person’s suitability to work with children. The National Police Certificate will not be retained beyond three months in any circumstances.

In accordance with its legal requirements, Modbury Soccer Club will retain the following information regarding its decision:

  • That a criminal history report was obtained
  • How the criminal history information affected decision making processes
  • Statutory declarations (where applicable)

Modbury Soccer Club may obtain a further criminal history assessment for an employee/volunteer at any time that Modbury Soccer Club believes it necessary or desirable for the purpose of maintaining a child safe environment.

Other evidence (optional)

Where appropriate, Modbury Soccer Club may utilise a number of forms of evidence (obtained within the last three years) to assess a person’s suitability to work with children. This includes:

  • A National Police Certificate that does not expressly state that it cannot be used as a clearance to work with children
  • A Letter of Clearance to work with children from the DCSI Screening Unit
  • A valid and current interstate working with children check.

Acceptance of other forms of evidence is at the discretion of Modbury Soccer Club and is subject to the person completing a 100-point check to confirm the true identity of the applicant.

Modbury Soccer Club may also at its discretion seek a statutory declaration for any employee(s) or volunteer(s) who have been citizens or permanent residents of a country other than Australia since turning 18 years of age.

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Communication Policy

Our commitment

Electronic communication is essential for sharing club news and information with our members. Our communication will be timely, appropriate and related to club business.

What we will do

We use a range of electronic tools to communicate with our members.

Our communication will protect members’ privacy, maintain clear boundaries and ensure that bullying and harassment does not occur.

A webmaster will be appointed to provide accountability and control over material published on our club’s website and any related discussion groups or social media websites, such as Facebook, YouTube or Twitter.

Website

  • Our website will include current information on competitions, social events, committees, policies, constitution, rules and by-laws.
  • No offensive content or photos will be published.
  • All junior members will have access to a multimedia permission form.  A family may not give the club permission to publish in any form photos or information regarding their child.
  • We will seek feedback from members to improve the information available on the site.

SMS and email

Committee members, coaches and team managers may use SMS and email to provide information about competition, training, club-sanctioned social events and other club business, however:

  • SMS messages should be short and about club/team matters
  • email communication will be used when more information is required
  • communication involving children will be directed through their parents.

Social media websites

We treat all social media postings, blogs, status updates and tweets as public ‘comment’.

  • Postings (written, photos or videos) will be family-friendly and feature positive club news and events.
  • No personal information about our members will be disclosed.
  • No statements will be made that are misleading, false or likely to injure a person’s reputation.
  • No statements will be made that might bring our club into disrepute.
  • Abusive, discriminatory, intimidating or offensive statements will not be tolerated. Offending posts will be removed and those responsible will be blocked from the site.

What we ask you to do

We expect our members to conduct themselves appropriately when using electronic communication to share information with other members or posting material on public websites connected to the club.

Electronic communication:

  • should be restricted to club matters
  • must not offend, intimidate, humiliate or bully another person
  • must not be misleading, false or injure the reputation of another person
  • should respect and maintain the privacy of members
  • must not bring the club into disrepute.

Coaches and others who work with children and young people must direct electronic communication through the child’s parents.

Non-compliance

Members may face disciplinary action for sending inappropriate electronic communication or posting online content or comments that harass, offend, intimidate or humiliate another member, as outlined in our member protection policy or code of conduct.

Under certain circumstances, cyber bullying (e.g. bullying that is carried out through an internet service such as email, a chat room, discussion group, instant messaging or website) is a criminal offence that can be reported to the police.

In addition, members who publish false or misleading comments about another person in the public domain (e.g., Facebook, YouTube or Twitter) may be liable for defamation.

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Codes of Behaviour

These Codes of Behaviour set out the minimum standards for all involved in soccer at Modbury Soccer Club.  They should apply when playing, training or taking part in club-sanctioned activities.

  • Act within the rules and spirit of your sport.
  • Promote fair play over winning at any cost.
  • Encourage and support opportunities for people to learn appropriate behaviours and skills.
  • Support opportunities for participation in all aspects of the sport.
  • Treat each person as an individual.
  • Show respect and courtesy to all involved with the sport.
  • Respect the rights and worth of every person, regardless of their age, race, gender, ability, cultural background, sexuality or religion.
  • Respect the decisions of officials, coaches and administrators.
  • Wherever practical, avoid unaccompanied and unobserved one-on-one activity (when in a supervisory capacity or where a power imbalance exists) with people under the age of 18.
  • Display appropriate and responsible behaviour in all interactions.
  • Display responsible behaviour in relation to alcohol and other drugs.
  • Act with integrity and objectivity, and accept responsibility for your decisions and actions.
  • Ensure your decisions and actions contribute to a safe environment.
  • Ensure your decisions and actions contribute to a harassment-free environment.
  • Do not tolerate abusive, bullying or threatening behaviour.

Players

  • Give your best at all times.
  • Participate for your own enjoyment and benefit.
  • Play by the rules and show respect for other players, coaches and officials.

Coaches

  • Place the safety and welfare of the players above all else.
  • Help each person (player, official, etc.) to reach their potential. Respect the talent, developmental stage and goals of each person and encourage them with positive and constructive feedback.
  • Obtain appropriate qualifications and keep up-to-date with the latest coaching practices and the principles of growth and development of young players.
  • Ensure that any physical contact with another person is appropriate to the situation and necessary for the person’s skill development.

Officials

  • Place the safety and welfare of the players above all else.
  • Ensure all players are included and can participate, regardless of their race, gender, ability, cultural background, sexuality or religion.
  • Be consistent, impartial and objective when making decisions.
  • Address unsporting behaviour and promote respect for other players and officials.

Administrators

  • Ensure quality supervision and instruction for players.
  • Support coaches and officials to improve their skills and competencies.
  • Act honestly, in good faith and in the best interests of the sport as a whole.
  • Ensure that any information acquired or advantage gained from the position is not used improperly.
  • Conduct club responsibilities with due care, competence and diligence.

Parents

  • Encourage your child to participate, do their best and have fun.
  • Focus on your child’s effort and performance, rather than winning or losing.
  • Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a competition.
  • Help out the coach or officials at training and games, where possible.
  • Model appropriate behaviour, including respect for other players and officials.

Spectators

  • Respect the effort and performances of players and officials.
  • Reject the use of harassment, bullying or violence in any form, whether by other spectators, coaches, officials or athletes.

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