Sport NZ has new information for sports volunteers about activities covered by the new regulations (see below).
The Government is looking to change New Zealand's health and safety culture. A new Health and Safety at Work Act will come into force in 2015 (currently scheduled for 1 April). The aim is to substantially reduce sport-related harm in New Zealand.
Health & Safety Reforms
The imminent Health and Safety at Work Act will have consequences for all forms of organisation. Sports Organisations should acquire an early understanding of the implications for them. The expectation is that sports will be proactive in ensuring their obligations are met and these obligations cannot be delegated away. Although not quite in its final form much is already known about the shape of the Bill. An early sector advisory has just been released.
Sport NZ Heath and Safety Reform Document
Safe Sport for Children
Athletics NZ and Sport NZ are fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children in its care. We recognise the responsibility to promote safe practice and to protect children from harm, abuse and exploitation while participating in our activities.
Staff and volunteers will work together to embrace difference and diversity and respect the rights of children and young people.
For the purposes of this policy and associated procedures a child is recognised as someone under the age of 18 years.
This policy is based on the following principles:
The welfare of children is the primary concern.
All children, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, socio-economic status, religious belief and/or sexual identity have the right to protection from all forms of harm and abuse.
Child protection is everyone's responsibility.
Children have the right to express views on all matters which affect them, should they wish to do so.
Our organisation will work in partnership together with children and parents/carers to promote the welfare, health and development of children.
Sport NZ Sport Safety for Children Document
Nicky Sherriff (Sport NZ) interview about Safe Sport for Children
Athletics New Zealand Information- this information was presented at the Regional Officials Coordinators workshop 2014