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Member Protection

We strive to create a safe, inclusive, and respectful environment that upholds the rights and well-being of all individuals involved in our club, regardless of their background, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or ability.

Our Member Protection Commitment

At Easts Volleyball Club, we are unwavering in our commitment to member protection and fostering diversity. We strive to create a safe, inclusive, and respectful environment that upholds the rights and well-being of all individuals involved in our club, regardless of their background, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or ability. We celebrate the richness of diversity and believe that everyone should have equal opportunities to participate, excel, and contribute to our volleyball community. Our policies and procedures reflect our firm stance against any form of harassment, abuse, discrimination, or misconduct. By prioritizing member protection and diversity, we aim to create an environment where every participant feels valued, respected, and empowered to embrace their unique identity and thrive both on and off the volleyball court.

Fundamental principles
  1. Safety: We prioritize the safety and well-being of all our members. We maintain a secure environment by implementing robust policies and procedures to prevent and address any potential risks or harm.

  2. Respect: We foster a culture of respect, treating all individuals with dignity and fairness. We promote positive and inclusive behavior, ensuring that everyone feels valued and supported.

  3. Equality: We believe in equal opportunities for all members, regardless of their background, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or ability. We strive to eliminate discrimination and create a level playing field for everyone.

  4. Open Communication: We encourage open and transparent communication among all members, providing channels to report any concerns, incidents, or breaches of our member protection policies. We listen attentively and take prompt action to address any issues that arise.

  5. Accountability: We hold ourselves accountable for maintaining high standards of member protection. Our coaches, officials, volunteers, and staff are expected to adhere to our policies and codes of conduct, with clear consequences for any misconduct.

  6. Education and Awareness: We are committed to educating our members about their rights and responsibilities within our member protection framework. We regularly provide training, resources, and information to increase awareness and promote a safe and inclusive environment.

Easts Volleyball is a community based sporting club that delivers volleyball training and
competition programs, and other events to players of all ages. Easts have created a Member Protection Strategy Framework and have committed to ensuring that every individual feels safe, respected, and valued throughout their involvement with our club.

Easts Volleyball has an overarching Code of Conduct that outlines expectations of committee members, players, coaches, officials and supporters.

Our commitment to Member Protection is embedded into our club’s culture, how we work and the
environments that we provide.  The Member Protection Practices: Behaviour outline specific behaviours that Easts views as integral to member protection.

Specific detail of these behaviours is provided in this practice document.  However, the high level behaviours are:

  1. Respectful and Inclusive Conduct: We will treat all individuals with respect, fairness, and inclusivity, regardless of their background, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or ability. Discrimination, harassment, or bullying in any form will not be tolerated.

  2. Clear Boundaries: We will establish and communicate clear boundaries regarding appropriate behavior and interactions within the club. This includes guidelines for coaches, officials, volunteers, and members to ensure a safe and respectful environment for all.

  3. Ethical Decision Making: We will prioritize ethical decision making in all aspects of our operations. Our actions and decisions will be guided by integrity, honesty, and a commitment to the welfare of our members. We will consider the potential impact on member protection and act in their best interests.

  4. Avoid Conflicts of Interest: We will identify and manage conflicts of interest to ensure that the best interests of our members are upheld. We will maintain transparency and take necessary steps to avoid situations where personal or professional relationships could compromise member protection or create biases.

  5. Active Listening: We will actively listen to our members, ensuring that their concerns and feedback are heard and taken seriously. We will respond promptly and appropriately to any reports or disclosures related to member protection.

  6. Confidentiality: We will maintain strict confidentiality when handling sensitive information related to member protection concerns, following legal and ethical guidelines. Information will only be shared on a need-to-know basis to ensure the safety and well-being of those involved.

  7. Prompt Reporting and Action: We will encourage and empower our members to report any suspected or observed breaches of member protection policies. We will respond promptly to reports, conducting thorough investigations and taking appropriate action to address the situation.

  8. Ongoing Education and Training: We will provide regular education and training to our coaches, officials, volunteers, and members on member protection policies, procedures, ethical decision making, and conflicts of interest. This will enhance awareness and understanding, empowering individuals to contribute to a safe and supportive environment.

  9. Transparent Communication: We will maintain open and transparent communication with our members, providing them with updates on member protection policies, procedures, ethical considerations, and any relevant changes. We will ensure that information is easily accessible and readily available.

  10. Continuous Improvement: We will regularly review and evaluate our member protection strategies, ethical decision-making processes, and conflict of interest management. We will seek opportunities for improvement, align with best practices, and adapt our policies and procedures accordingly.

The Member Protection Practices: Incidents and Breaches has been developed to ensure that
when a member protection incident occurs, there are clear and well-defined process in place for
reporting and managing the issue including clearly stated roles and responsibilities.

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