The Warragul Football and Netball Club understands and accepts it has a duty of care to provide a safe and healthy environment, with responsible serving of alcohol and free of illegal drugs. This policy reflects a commitment by the club to the health, safety and welfare of all its members. This policy has been approved by the Commiee of Management of Warragul Football and Netball Club Inc. at its meeng of February 2016. The Warragul Football and Netball Club are commied to: Encouraging and assisng members to realise their full potenal within an environment that acvely promotes their health, safety and well‐being. Prevenng alcohol and other drug related harm to individuals, property and the reputaon of the club. Ensuring a supporve and inclusive environment for all members. Providing support to members who wish to address their paerns of alcohol and/or illegal drug use. Meeng legal requirements in relaon to alcohol and illegal drugs. Encouraging moderaon and a responsible atude to the consumpon of alcohol. Purpose The purpose of this policy is to ensure club members understand the club’s posion regarding illegal drugs and explain how the club will respond to a drug‐related incident within its jurisdicon. Definions of Illegal Drugs Illegal drugs are used by many people in the community, including young adults, so it is likely that some members of our club will have access to them. Currently there are two disnct but related illegal drug issues confronng sporng clubs: performance enhancing drugs illegal drugs used for social purposes (e.g. at pares, raves, in the home, at the club, etc.). These two categories are not mutually exclusive. Some illegal drugs used for social purposes (such as amphetamines, e.g. speed) may be used to enhance sporng performance. Club Jurisdicon The Club jurisdicon extends to the club premises and all acvies organised by or for the club at any locaon or venue. Applicaon This policy applies to all members, employees, supporters and visitors of the Warragul Football and Netball Club. Members and employees should ensure they do not aend the club if adversely affected by illegal drugs and/or Club Confidant (Chaplain) The Club will designate an appropriate individual to act as the Club Confidant. This person may, but does not have to be the Club President or another office bearer and will be responsible for the management of all illegal drug related incidents. The Club will support this person to carry out their dues whenever required. Illegal Drug Use The possession, use, distribuon or selling of illegal drugs for any purposes on club premises or at any funcon or acvity organised by the club is prohibited. In the case of an incident involving an illegal drug, the inial acons and responses will focus on the safety and welfare of those directly and indirectly involved. All responses and acons will reflect the club’s duty of care to members, visitors and all other people. The club will invesgate all apparent or alleged breaches of this policy and determine a course of acon aer all relevant facts and circumstances are known. The club may refer a member who is involved in illegal drug use to a medical or health service for assistance or, if the club deems it necessary in the circumstances, to the police. Managing Illegal Drug Incidents Where a club member becomes aware that illegal drug use is occurring at the club or within its jurisdicon, the member should pass on this informaon to the President and/or Club Confidant. Should the need arise the Club will sancon the individual(s) in line with the club’s rules and policies. The Club Confidant will: Speak to the individual(s) in private, expressing concern about their drug use; Remind the individual(s) of the club policy and asked for a commitment that it will not happen again; Offer opons for support and referral for counselling or other help; Leave the door open for further communicaon with the individual(s) concerned; Inform the Club President in the event of non‐compliance. If an individual(s) is under the influence of a legal or illegal drug at the club, the club will: Ensure the health and safety of the individual(s); Keep the individual under supervision and monitor them at regular intervals; Call for medical assistance if required; Arrange safe transport to take them home, unless this involves further risk; Take control of any remaining drugs in their possession, unless this involves further risk; If the person becomes violent or aggressive, contact police to ensure the safety of all; Inform the Club President (and Club Confidant) as soon as possible. Drugs found at the club or in the possession of an individual If illegal drugs are found at the club or in the possession of an individual, the President and/or Club Confidant will be contacted as soon as possible.
The Club will: Take possession of the drug if safe to do so. Place the drug in a clean (preferably “snap lock”) plasc bag. Seal the plasc bag with masking tape to ensure it stays closed. The finder and/or club president should sign and date the tape/bag. Record details in an incident register. Contact local police and request they aend the club to collect the drugs. Store the plasc bag in a secure place unl collected by police. Obtain the signature of aending police for the incident register to show the drugs have been taken into their possession. Ask the person suspected to be in possession of the drugs to leave the premises immediately (assuming it is safe for them to do so), if they deny possessing drugs or refuse to relinquish possession of the drugs to the club. Supplying Illegal drugs If it is suspected or known that a member is supplying illegal drugs to other members of the club, the Club Confidant will: Speak to the individual to determine if they are supplying illegal drugs to others. If this is verified, or there is a strong belief this is occurring, the club will contact Crime Stoppers on 1300 333 000. If it is unable to be verified, the club will monitor the situaon and warn the individual that the maer will be reported to the police if the club has connued concerns. Privacy Subject to its right to contact the police if necessary, the Club will maintain the privacy of those involved where possible The Club will act with discreon when absolute confidenality cannot be guaranteed Club personnel will be informed on a need to know basis only. Contacng Parents In the interests of health and safety, the Club will contact the parents or guardian of a minor where apparent or suspected illegal drug use has occurred (unless by doing so it will place the safety of the individual at risk of greater harm). The Club will inform all members aged under 18 years that parents will be nofied if the club is aware (or strongly believes) they are using or supplying illegal drugs. If the member is aged over 18 years, the club will determine each case on its merits and decide whether contacng parents or guardian is in the best interests of the individual. Contacng Police If the Club is aware that a member is supplying illegal drugs to other members, they will nofy Crime Stoppers of this acvity. In the case of apparent or alleged illegal drug use, the club may report a person to, or seek the advice of the police
Medical Emergency The Club understands that medical assistance may be required if a person has been using drugs. Media The Club will designate a club official to communicate with the media on behalf of the club should the need arise. The Club may seek advice from the league/associaon prior to communicang with the media. No other member of the club will communicate with the media on this issue, unless specifically requested by the club official. Non‐compliance All club commiee members will enforce the illegal drug policy and any non‐compliance will be handled according to the following process: The designated Club Confidant (and President) will be informed of the breach of policy. The individual(s) concerned will be reminded of the club policy. Issue a warning of future sancons for connued non‐compliance. The Club Confidant and President will use their discreon as to the acon taken for non‐compliance, based on: Whether it involved use or supply Whether the use or supply takes place within the club’s jurisdicon or in private Age of the persons involved In general, and depending on any other rules of the club, should an individual(s) connue non‐compliance with this policy, the following will occur: Suspension for a designated me period Expulsion from the club. Policy review This policy will be reviewed annually to ensure it remains relevant to club operaons and reflects both community expectaons and legal requirements. Responsibility As a player and/or member of the Warragul Football and Netball Club, it is everyone’s responsibility to implement this policy.