Child & Member Welfare
The Blue Card System
- is a key prevention and monitoring system of people working with children and young people in Queensland
- aims to minimise the risks of harm to children and young people by contributing to the creation of safe and supportive environments, and
- is founded on the principle that all children have a fundamental right to be protected from harm.
- the past is risk managed though the initial assessment, which determines a person’s eligibility to work with children, based on known police or disciplinary information
- the present is risk managed through police information of all blue card or exemption card holders, which is continuously monitored so any changes are actioned appropriately, and
- the future is risk managed by service providers, who are required to implement child and youth risk management strategies and review them annually.
Who needs a Blue Card?
- Volunteers need a blue card if their work or practical placement in sport includes, or is likely to include, providing services that are directed mainly towards children, or conducting activities that mainly involve children.
- Blue cards for volunteers and trainee students are valid for three years and there is no application fee, unless the trainee student is a paid employee.
- A volunteer or unpaid trainee student must not commence regulated child-related work until they hold a valid blue card.
- Certain people are prohibited from applying for or renewing a blue card. Find out more information about disqualified persons.
- Volunteer parents are exempt under certain categories when providing services or conducting activities that relate to their own children.
- Volunteers under 18 are exempt from requiring a blue card unless they are a trainee student doing a practical placement as part of their studies with an education provider.
- Police officers and registered teachers do not apply for blue cards and in certain circumstances may need to apply for an exemption card. More information about exemption cards can be found on the Police Officers Information Sheet and Registered Teachers Information Sheet.
Child & Youth Risk Management Strategies
- Organisations falling within the scope of the blue card system are required to implement child and youth risk management strategies which address eight minimum requirements. The purpose of these strategies is to ensure that organisations have appropriate policies and procedures in place which assist in identifying and minimising the risk of harm to children and young people in regulated service environments.
- To assist organisations to develop and implement appropriate child and youth risk management strategies, a toolkit has been developed to provide information and guidance on the eight minimum requirements. This toolkit will help you to provide a solid foundation for the creation and maintenance of a safe service environment for children and young people.
For further information, go to the Queensland Government Blue Card Services website
The following documents will assist clubs in ensuring we maintain a safe and harassment-free sport.
Safe Sport Framework (this policy replaces: SAL Member Welfare Policy; SAL Child Welfare Policy; SAL Member Welfare Procedures; SAL Child Welfare Procedures; and SAL Codes of Conduct)
Safe Practices for Swimmers on Trips Away (pdf document)