Dealing with ethical issues is becoming a regular part of sport. Increasingly, participants and members are being required to deal with issues such as sportsmanship, team selections, drugs in sport, cheating, bullying, respect for officials, abuse of power, harassment and judging when an athlete should return to sport after an injury.

Organisations are also increasingly facing ethical issues, particularly harassment in sport. It is therefore essential that organisations like our governing body, Volleyball Victoria, operate professionally and with integrity in their relationships with those who are participating in or associated with volleyball and that where appropriate Phantoms Volleyball Club either adopt existing VV policies or develop our own policies in line with Volleyball Victoria’s.

This page provides information that will help all members of Phantoms Volleyball Club to provide and participate in a safe and supportive environment. Documents can be downloaded/accessed by clicking on the links below:
CHILD SAFE STANDARDS – From 1 January 2017, the Child Safe Standards apply to sporting organisations that operate and provide sporting services to children within Victoria (including National Sporting Organisations). The Standards apply to organisations as a whole, not only the areas that work with children. It takes many components to build an organisation with a culture of child safety. The Standards act as a starting point from which our organisation can take action.
The Child Safe Standards incorporate:
1. Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements
2. A child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety
3. A code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children
4. Screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel
5. Processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
6. Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse
7. Strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children.

Volleyball Victoria Child Safe Policy
HARASSMENT-FREE SPORT – Coaches and officials must not discriminate or harass others or be harassed or discriminated against on the grounds of race, colour or nationality; sex or gender; sexual or transgender orientation; pregnancy; marital or parental status; religious or political belief; social origin; age; or physical, mental or psychological disability. They must also be sensitive to how their behaviour is or might be received by others.
Volleyball Victoa Code of Conduct Fair Play Code
Volleyball Victoria Code of Conduct Senior Players
Volleyball Victoria Code of Conduct Junior Players
Volleyball Victoria Code of Conduct Officials
Volleyball Victoria Code of Conduct Parents & Guardians
Volleyball Victoria Code of Conduct Coaches
MEMBER PROTECTION – Member protection is a term used by the Australian sports industry to describe the practices and procedures that protect an organisation’s members. Volleyball Victoria provides an overarching Member Protection policy and where required Phantoms will refer any relevant member issues to VV. The Club also has its own detailed Member Protection policy as outlined below.

ANTI-DOPING – Under the World Anti-doping Code 2009 (Code), the use of drugs to enhance performance is prohibited in sport. Athletes, athlete support personnel (which includes coaches and officials) and sporting organisations all have responsibilities under the Code. Volleyball Australia updated their Anti-doping policy in August 2020 and this policy and a fact sheet detailing changes is below.
VA Anti Doping Policy 10August2020
Anti Doping Policy changes August 2020 Factsheet