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 or child protection enquiries or complaints. MPIOs provide information and options including complaint procedures and related policies. MPIO’s do not mediate or investigate complaints.
MPIO Registration Requirements
FNSW MPIO Register – Click here
For insurance purposes MPIOs also register as a volunteer in Play Football
- 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.
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 or phone (02) 8814 4402.