All clubs, associations and referee branches are required to have a Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO). This position is usually a voluntary position.
An MPIO is the first point of contact for persons with member protection or child protection enquiries or complaints. MPIOs provide information to participants about the options available to them. MPIOs can also provide information to clubs about member protection and related policies. MPIO’s remain impartial and do not mediate or investigate complaints. There is an MPIO in every club, association, branch, referee branch within Football NSW and a State MPIO at Football NSW Head Office.
MPIO Registration Requirements
For insurance purposes MPIOs need to register in My Football Club.
For communication purposes please register in the Football NSW MPIO register.
- MPIO Training – on-line course & workshop
- Child Protection training – on-line course
- Harassment & Discrimination – on-line course
- Complaints Handling – on-line course
- Child Safe Training Courses – on-line course
- Becoming a Child Safe Organisation – on-line course
- FFA National Member Protection Framework
- FFA Child Safe Football Poster
- FFA Safeguarding Children poster
- National Member Protection Policy
- Guidelines for Working with Children
- NSW Office of Sport
- MPIO Common Issues
MPIO Contact Details
All participants need to be able to contact the MPIO at their club. The name and phone number of the MPIO (at a club/association/referee branch) must be made available without question to any person requesting it. The MPIO’s name and contact details should also be listed on the organisation’s website and included in club Newsletters and player and parent notices.
Working with Children Check
All cubs must be fully compliant with the NSW Working with Children Check. MPIOs must have a good understanding of the Working with Children Check requirements. Government fines apply to clubs who are not compliant with the Working with Children Check.
- FNSW Working with Children Check Policy (2018)
- FNSW Working with Children Check information & resources
The Working with Children Check is a small component of ensuing children are safe while involved in football. Although the Working with Children Check is an important tool in an organisation’s approach to being ‘child safe’, it doesn’t identify people who have not previously been caught or are yet to offend. Good child safe policies and practices and having a ‘child safe’ culture in your club are the best ways to reduce potential risks and help to keep children safe.
Checklist for Child-Safe clubs:
- Have a Member Protection Information Officer
- Have a Child Safe code of conduct
- Develop Child Safe policies
- Have a plan for managing risk
- Ensure effective staff recruitment and training
- Understand privacy considerations
- Encourage children and young people to participate
- Effectively deal with concerns or complaints about unacceptable behaviour towards a child
- Attend a Child Safe Sport workshop
- Complete Child-Safe Training
The Child Safe organisation checklist information CLICK HERE
Child Safe Websites
The following websites provide further information and resources to support Clubs and Associations:
- Play by the Rules – Child protection strategies, online training, templates and resources for clubs
- NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian – Working with Children Check, resources & training
- Keep Them Safe – A NSW government Child Safe website
- E-Safety website – Cyber safety information
- Bullying No Way – A NSW government Bullying information & support
- Australian Childhood Foundation – Advise on child protection and child abuse
- Smartplay – Injury prevention
Community football club MPIOs – contact the MPIO at your local Football Association
MPIOs from Associations, NPL clubs, State League Clubs, Futsal and Referee Branches contact Michelle Hanley at Football NSW e: email@example.com or phone (02) 8814 4402.