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Maccabi and Member Protection

Posted: 19-Feb-2015 by Maccabi National

On February 12, Maccabi Australia distributed the following letter to Jewish Community Leaders 

12 February 2015

Dear Community Leaders

Maccabi Australia rolls out best practice Member Protection Program.

As you are no doubt aware the Royal Commission has put Child sex abuse in the Jewish community under scrutiny, slamming many community leaders for the way this issue has been dealt with.

The Board at Maccabi Australia have been actively reviewing our exposure to the new legislation and have been working hard over the past 12 months to build a program that ensures we appropriately deal with the issues pointed to in the Royal Commission.

Maccabi has thousands of young members actively participating in sport on a weekly basis, and we have been very conscious of our obligations to our members and the broader Maccabi stakeholders including coaches, parents and club officials.  As such we have committed ourselves to making sure that Member Protection is our highest priority.

 Our Member Protection Policy (MPP) is being implemented across the country. The policy and detailed processes have also been published in a Handbook that has been made available to all clubs and our 9000 + members throughout Australia. In addition, training programs have and continue to be conducted with senior Maccabi officials, coaches, club administrators and youth leaders involved on our recently completed Junior Carnival.

In developing this policy we have consulted widely with noted experts in the field of child and member protection and have developed an MPP program that can proudly be regarded as best practice for voluntary and sporting organisations in Australia. The members of our organisation now have a clear set of guidelines that notes their and our obligations on or off the field. Our goal is to ensure that we have the right standards in place to avoid any issues – and importantly articulate the correct processes that will be used when any inappropriate behaviour emerges.

 We believe that every Jewish organisation could benefit from the work we have undertaken for our members and as such are willing to make our intellectual property available as a way of guiding the way to better outcomes for all Jewish organisations.

 Our policy outline and Handbook are available on the website, however, in addition to this we are happy to consult with any person from your organisation on this important policy setting – they may contact our Executive Director Ellana Aarons on  03 9563 5865.

We look forward to playing our role in making sure the community faces the problems and appropriately works towards a safer place for all.

Yours Truly

Barry Smorgon OAM

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