Member protection describes the practices and procedures that are put in place within sport organisations to protect their members. The FA National Member Protection framework and related policies aim to ensure that core values and positive behaviours are maintained.
The Framework provides the procedures that support the commitment of Football Australia, Football NSW and its affiliated Associations and clubs and provides an effective risk management tool and policies that help to eliminate discrimination, harassment, child abuse and other forms of inappropriate behaviour from football.
Member Protection Information Officers
Member Protection Information Officers (MPIO) are the point of contact at clubs and associations for persons with member protection enquiries or complaints. MPIO’s are impartial and can provide information and options to participants and information to clubs about member protection and related policies. MPIOs do not mediate or investigate complaints.
The FA Member Protection Framework and Safeguarding Policy works to keep all children and young people under 18 safe from abuse, discrimination and harassment.
The Working with Children Check protects children and young people from those who are deemed unsuitable to be working or volunteering with children.
Protecting children from harm and abuse in football is a priority – we all have a role to play.
Football NSW is committed to safeguarding children and young people participating in football and works and consults with Football Australia, NSW Office of Sport, Sport Australia, Play By The Rules and leading child safe agencies including NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian to help create safer sport environment in NSW.
Child Safe Sport Toolkit
The Toolkit includes seven different components and provides a suite of policy documents and guidance to protect children and young people in sport including:
- Code of conduct – guides the expected behaviours of everyone in sport towards children and young people;
- Recruitment policy – ensures staff and volunteers are safe to work with children and young people;
- Induction and training policy – ensures staff and volunteers apply child safe best practices;
- Reporting policy and incident report forms – ensures staff and volunteers are confident in knowing what to report and who to report it to. For committees and boards the responsibility is to mitigate risks by having a child safe culture and ensuring that appropriate risk controls are in place;
- Posters, social media material, brochures, or other advertising materials – helps communicate child safe messaging;
- Procedure for regular review and improvement of club child safe policies – ensures that everyone in the club can provide valuable feedback on child safe policies and practices.
NSW Police – In an emergency dial Triple Zero (000)
NSW Police assistance line – 131 444
Family & Community Services – Child Protection Helpline 132 111
NSW OCG – Working with Children Check – 02 8219 3777
Football NSW State Member Protection Officer – 02 8814 4400