Tennis NSW confirmed today that it will be one of the first state sporting organisation to join the National Redress Scheme, which commenced on 1 July 2018 and will run for 10 years.
The National Redress Scheme (“Scheme”) was created in response to recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. It helps those who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse gain access to counselling, a response and payment. The Commission estimated approximately 60,000 people experienced institutional child sexual abuse in Australia.
Tennis NSW Chief Executive Officer, Lawrence Robertson said “As one of the sporting organisations to be called out specifically in the Royal Commission report in 2017, this is an important step in Tennis NSW addressing the mistakes made in the past by this organisation and by the wider sporting community.
Tennis NSW has a zero tolerance approach to child abuse and we hope that with our organisation joining the Scheme, individuals that may have suffered in the past will be able to access the support they need to heal.
Alongside our confirmation of joining the National Redress Scheme, today we are also publishing our Tennis NSW Child Safeguarding Framework.
This framework sets out what we have done as an organisation and what more we intend to do over the coming year to further highlight the importance for all within the tennis community to put safeguarding children at the forefront of their thinking.
Our framework asks our clubs, coaches and councils to consider how they can ACE child safeguarding in their own environment. ACE stands for AWARENESS, CULTURE and EDUCATION if we can all collectively raise our standards in each of these three areas, we will be making great progress in this critical area for our sport”.
As a lone institution, Tennis NSW is taking full responsibility for any claims made against the organisation in connection with any programs or tournaments that it is responsible for. We will embark on an education and awareness program to help our clubs understand what our joining the Scheme means for them. For more information on how to make an application for redress contact the National Redress Scheme on 1800 737 377.
If you need to access further support, you can head to the National Redress Scheme’s free support resources at https://www.nationalredress.gov.au/support.