Welcome to the parents and communities section of the Commission's website, where you can find information about how the blue card system works and other helpful information.
Most people are now familiar with the blue card check and how this can help contribute to the safety and wellbeing of children in Queensland. What you may not realise, however, is that the blue card check is only one component of a larger system that creates and promotes safe and child-friendly services and environments for your children.
In Queensland, organisations that provide services to, or conduct activities mainly involving children are required by law to have a risk management strategy in place that helps to reduce the likelihood of any risk or harm to children.
Organisations need to actively contribute to your child's safety by having policies and procedures in place to address:
As a parent you will make many choices and decisions about the best interests of your children.
When choosing someone or an organisation to provide services to your children, don't be afraid to ask 'What are you going to do to keep my child safe?' A good response should prove to you that the above requirements have been addressed and they should be able to provide you with evidence that these policies and procedures are being implemented.
Organisations should be willing to discuss this with you and should welcome your interest in it.
As a parent you may also want to:
If you have any concerns or suspicions of harm, it is important to remember that there are people you can speak with.
It is important to remember that you cannot get in trouble for voicing a concern or suspicion and if you are unsure of what to do, you can speak with someone from your local police station, the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services or at the Commission who will direct your call and give you some guidance.
Play by the Rules is a unique partnership between the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian, the Australian Sports Commission, the Australian Human Rights Commission, and all state and territory sport and recreation and anti-discrimination agencies.
The Play by the Rules website provides information and online learning for community sport and recreation on how to:
Click here to go to the Play By the Rules website.
Last updated: 22 June, 2012
Under some categories of the Commission's Act, volunteer parents are exempt from requiring a blue card.
Volunteer parents should speak to the volunteer coordinator of the organisation they intend to volunteer for about the nature of the child-related activities they will be involved in and whether they require a Blue Card.