This is a call to action after some recent events in our broader community.
To look within your organisation/community and ask:
What systems do we have in place to prevent physiological, physical or sexual abuse?
What systems do we have in place to address a situation/allegation if it were to arise?
ANZCA is creating an Ethics Document which we will be taking feedback for at the upcoming AGM. With these documents and resourses such as 'Circus Safe' we hope to promote awareness and encourage proactive action to increase safe practice within our community.
Excerpt from ‘Circus Safe’ in relation to: Teaching Circus:
“A key responsibility when sharing any knowledge is to keep all participants and
nonparticipants who are present safe. This isn’t as simple as making sure someone completes this ‘trick’ in this ‘moment’ safely. Your obligation extends to keeping them safe socially and psychologically, in that moment and in their future practice.”
If you have seen anything, or are a victim of abuse. We stand with you. We believe you. Reach out to your community for support. Remember, you can always reach out to us on the ANZCA steering committee.