In an industry where children and volunteers are central to our business. Ensure that our community are as informed as possible when it comes to the protection of children is paramount. Leanne’s interactive session which provided a number of real life scenarios helps clubs understand and identify what is safe behaviour. This is followed up by clear defined protocols so that clubs can confidently deal with any situation which may arise. Leanne has made a great contribution to not only our clubs and their knowledge of child protection but also our staff members so that we can continue to develop a clear understanding of child protection across our rugby community.
Community Rugby Manager, Manawatu Rugby Union
Sport Taranaki, alongside The Wheelhouse who also supports Taranaki community organisations, utilised Leanne’s expertise as a child protection specialist, holding two Child Protection workshops in our region. These workshops enabled the organisations who attended, to fully understand the gravity of child mistreatment in NZ, what actually constitutes abuse and how to identify the signs. These organisations are also now empowered to put in place procedure and policy for their organisations and now have the knowledge of where to go for more support with child safety concerns.
Thanks to Leanne’s workshop we now have 32 different organisations in Taranaki who are invested in creating safe environments for children and youth, impacting on thousands of children in our region. Child Protection is non-negotiable for any organisation working with young people.
Community Engagement Advisor
When we received the results of a routine Ministry of Health audit in July 2018 it was apparent that we needed to enhance our Child Protection Policy to an acceptable standard.
This was beyond the capabilities of our small staff so we engaged Leanne to write the policy from the beginning to end. We were very pleased with the outcome which enabled the Ministry, through MidCentral DHB, to sign off on the audit and our board to adopt the policy to enable our work with youth and children to continue.
Throughout the process Leanne worked closely with management and our Youth Coordinator to ensure she understood our needs and we all felt part of the process. When the draft was completed Leanne presented it to staff in a very professional manner and we appreciated that.
I was impressed with Leanne’s approach to the project and I would be happy to have her update any of our policies in the future.
Manawatu Horowhenua Tararua Diabetes Trust
Such an incredible workshop, amazing teaching!!! Thank you so so much for all you do Leanne, everyone who works with children needs to get along to this workshop. Simply can't recommend it enough.
I had such fabulous feedback , one of our team has been to so many Child Protection workshops she commented this is the best she has ever attended. Well done you!!
Thank you so much for sending through those two extra documents, such fabulous resources. We certainly can’t be too careful when it comes to taking paid staff or volunteers, this is something which we all certainly need to be aware, such horrific things happening out for the dear tamariki here in New Zealand. We have to do our utmost to protect them and speak up!
Social Socks School Programme
Leanne Couch is leading the way for Child Protection for Sport in New Zealand. Leanne provided guidance to our 25 member associations at an 2017 annual conference including definition, policy and practices. Leanne has also guided Badminton New Zealand in its own policies and procedures for Child Protection. If your sports club or organisation is looking for guidance in Child Protection look no further than Leanne.
Badminton New Zealand
We approached Leanne and her consultancy because we needed a specialist in child protection training to deliver to our stakeholders. Leanne delivered an effective workshop at one of our events providing a quality experience. This subject can often be seen as onerous, but Leanne simplified everything for us and made it easy to understand. I would recommend Leanne to any sports organisation that needs training for its staff or stakeholders in this area.
Community Netball Manager,
Netball Central Zone
Leanne’s ability to present to a wide range of audience members is amazing. She takes pride in her delivery and ensures everyone is engaged throughout. She takes a sensitive yet important topic and conveys the importance of following legislations with practicable solutions for your organisation. I have worked alongside Leanne for 2 and a half years and thoroughly recommend her as a consultant.
Secondary School Sport Advisor,
As a Regional Sports Organisation that has over 2,000 junior hockey players, and many volunteers, it was important for us to understand our responsibilities so that we can provide an environment that promotes the safety of children. To achieve this, we needed to adopt best practice policies and procedures that outlined how we intend to safeguard and protect children from harm and to reduce the risk of allegations against volunteers. They needed to be specific to the needs of the hockey community and the environment we work in. Thankfully, with the help and support of Leanne I was guided by her in developing our Policy and procedures that were adopted by the Board.
The challenge though was to create an awareness of our Child Protection policy and procedures and to provide the right level of training that engaged staff and volunteers. After meeting with Leanne to discuss the training it was evident that she is not only passionate about Child Protection but importantly, she was able to understand our environment and the associated risks to players, volunteers and staff. This certainly helped with the training she delivered to 20 volunteers that turned up to the Child Protection workshop that was facilitated by Leanne. The session was well presented and engaging and the feedback we received afterwards was very positive. It certainly left everyone with a far better understanding and awareness of the types of issues and risks that may lead to children being harmed within our environment. We would certainly recommend Leanne to any organisation if they are seriously wanting to commit to Child Protection.
Leanne Couch was recommended to us by Badminton New Zealand when we required a Child Protection Policy. We found her very easy to approach, professional & she put our policy together in a timely manner. The details of the policy were easy to read & she explained the contents so they were simple to follow.
We would not hesitate to refer other groups to her when wanting to put a Child Protection Policy together.
Oroua Badminton Association
Leanne had a vast range of experiences in working with children with different challenges. Her passion to provide children an environment of safety and happiness was clearly shown in her delivery.