For information about Member and Child Protection refer to:
- FFA National Member Protection Policy
- Football NSW Working with Children Check
- Play By the Rules
- eSafety – Cyberbullying & Social Media
- NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian
Strategies for Keeping Children Safe in Clubs
The Safeguarding Children program developed by the Australian Childhood Foundation has created seven unique strategies to help your sports club or association keep children and young people safe from abuse and exploitation by staff, volunteers or other relevant related individuals.
The strategies are evidence-based and form an important part of the Safeguarding Children organisational accreditation scheme.
While strategies are quite easy to understand they can involve quite a comprehensive review and assessment of your club or association’s policies and procedures that protect children.
The strategies are:
- A commitment to safeguarding children strategy
- Personal roles and conduct strategy
- Recruitment and screening practices strategy
- Personal induction and training strategy
- Involving children and parents strategy
- Child abuse reporting and allegations strategy
- Supporting a child-safe culture
To assist you in starting this process and fleshing out some of the details for each of the strategies, Play by the Rules has designed a free template in the form of a PowerPoint presentation. The presentation is ready to use, provides example strategy statements, and can serve as a planning document as well as a presentation/workshop tool. You can download the presentation template at playbytherules.net.au
For more details on these strategies and to register for the full online Safeguarding Children program visit safeguardingchildren.com.au
Help for Kids
All children should feel safe at home, in sport, school and any community organisation. If anyone makes you feel unsafe or scared or is hurting you, it is important that tell someone that you trust. Even if the person who is making you feel unsafe tells you not to tell anyone or said it was a secret, you still need to tell someone.
Who can you talk to?
Talk to an adult that you trust. You can even talk to more than one adult that you trust!
Here are some of the people you can talk to about what is worrying you or what is happening: Mum, Dad, Grandma, Grandad, Aunty, Uncle, school teacher, team coach, team manager, club committee people, Doctor, Dentist, Nurse, Police Officer or anyone else that you trust. It is probably not ideal to tell the person who is hurting you, it is better to tell someone else.
If you don’t feel happy telling any of these people, then please talk to someone else about it.
Who else can you talk to?
- Child Protection Helpline on Phone 132 111 (available 24 hours a day)
- Kids Helpline webchat
- Kids helpline phone 1800 55 1800
- Football NSW Member Protection phone 8814 4402 or send an email
- NSW Police Help Line 131 444
If you are being bullied it is important that you tell someone so they can help to stop the bullying. You should report it to Mum, Dad, Grandma, Grandad, Aunty, Uncle or anyone else that you trust. If someone at school is bullying you, you can also tell a teacher or school counsellor. If someone at football is bullying you, you can also tell your coach, manager, Member Protection Officer or a club committee person.
If you are being bullied on Facebook or any type of Social Medica, you should report it to the same people listed above. You can also report it to the Kids Cyber Bullying Safety Centre.
For more information about Cyber bullying, what you can do and how to stop it visit these websites:
- Cyber Bullying Safety Centre
- ThinkUKnow – Information for parents, clubs, schools and teachers
- ThinkUKnow – Information for youth aged 11 – 17 years
- eSafety – Commissioner for eSafety website
- Football NSW Social Media Policy
Reporting Child Abuse
To report child abuse or neglect, call the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111 (24 hours/7 days) or read more information.
Information and support is available at your club, association and Football NSW:
- Contact the MPIO at your club or local Association
- Contact Football NSW State Member Protection Information Officer on email@example.com or (02) 8814 4402
Michelle Hanley, Football NSW State Member Protection Officer
- E: firstname.lastname@example.org
- P: (02) 8814 4402