Football NSW is committed to the safety, welfare and wellbeing of all children and young people participating in football within Football NSW and to working with all clubs, associations, branches and referee branches so that children can enjoy football and feel safe, valued and encouraged to reach their full potential.
Child Safe Standards
Compliance and Audits of Sport Clubs & Associations
Compliance with the Child Safe Standards came into effect in February 2022 and is compulsory for all sport clubs, associations, branches, referee branches.
The NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian will be conducting compliance audits of football clubs from July 2023. Clubs, Associations, Branches and Referee Branches are reminded of the importance of full compliance with both the NSW Child Safe Standards and the NSW Working with Children Check to help keep children safe in our sport.
Child Safe Standards – What are they?
The Child Safe Standards were recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and provide a framework so organisations can create cultures and adopt strategies to keep children safe from harm. The Standards are designed as a way to embed child safety in the attitudes, behaviours and practices of organisations and people who work and volunteer in them.
The 10 Child Safe Standards:
- Child safety is embedded in organisational leadership, governance and culture
- Children participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously
- Families and communities are informed and involved
- Equity is upheld and diverse needs are taken into account
- People working with children are suitable and supported
- Processes to respond to complaints of child abuse are child-focused
- Staff are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children safe through continual education and training
- Physical and online environments minimise the opportunity for abuse to occur
- Implementation of the Child Safe Standards is continuously reviewed and improved
- Policies and procedures document how the organisation is child safe.
Child Safe Standards – Guidelines
The Child Safe Standards Guidelines will assist your organisation comply with the Standards by strengthening what you already have in place.
Child Safe Standards – Resources
- Child Safe Standards (flyer)
- How to apply the Child Safe Standards (videos)
- Child Safe Standards – 10 Standards Overview (English version)
- Child Safe Standards – 10 Standards Overview (Multilingual versions)
- Child Safe Standards Self-Assessment Tool
- Child Safe Templates
- All Child Safe Resources
Child Safe Standards – Training
- An Introduction to the Child Safe Standards & The Child Safe Scheme (Video)
- How to Apply the Child Safe Standards (Videos)
- What is Child Protection and Child Safe? (Video)
- NSW OCG free Child Safe training (webinars and face2face sessions)
- Child Safe Sport E-Learning Courses – 4 modules
- Request a group training session for your Football Association & Clubs
The safety and wellbeing of children and young people in football should be a top priority for every Club, Association, Branch and Referee Branch within Football NSW.
All football clubs, associations, branches and referee branches should have in place the necessary policies, guidelines, processes, practices to ensure a child safe culture within the organisation and a clear understanding and awareness of the importance of child safety and wellbeing within its membership.
- FNSW Guidelines for Interacting with Children
- FNSW Creating a Child Safe Culture
- FNSW Working with Kids Handbook
- Child Safe Practices – Do’s & Dont’s
- The Working with Children Check
- Empowerment & Participation – A Guide for organisations with children & young people
- National Code of Conduct and Ethics
- FA Safeguarding Policy
- FA Bullying & Harassment Policy
- FA Anti-Discrimination Policy
- FA XI Standards of Respect
- FNSW Working with Children Check Policy & Guidelines
- FNSW Social Media Policy
Training & Resources
- Child Protection & Safeguarding online course
- All online training courses
- Unicef Child Protection in Football – What Coaches & Managers need to know
- Play By The Rules Child Safe Sport Information
- Managing Poor Behaviour & Common Issues for Players, Parents & Clubs
- FNSW Member Protection Officer Information
- FNSW Child Protection online training requirements for Coaches & Managers
- FNSW Coach Hub & Coaching Courses
- Introduction to the Child Safe Standards – NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian
- Safeguarding Children in Football – English FA
- Safe to Play – a video for parents & players – what can happen in any sport
- Safe to Play – a video for for coaches – what can happen in any sport
- Let Kids Be Kids (PBTR video series)
- The MPIO Role – video 1
- The MPIO Role – video 2
- Child Safe Reporting poster (adults)
- Child Safe Reporting poster (teens)
- Child Safe Reporting poster (children)
- FA Child Safe Sport poster
Help for Children
- Click on this Link to find someone who can help
- In an emergency dial (000) Triple Zero for Police, Fire or Ambulance services.
- If you think a child or young person is at risk of harm contact the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111
Common Issues & Complaints
The majority of people attending football do so in a respectful manner which helps create an enjoyable and safe environment. Unfortunately sometimes a minority don’t demonstrate responsible and acceptable behaviour.
Football NSW has developed a list of Common Issues (below) to outline some of these issues for MPIOs. If participants are experiencing any of these issues, contact the club MPIO to discuss any concerns and to receive information and options about how to resolve these.
Photography & Videoing Children in Football
In Australia, generally speaking, there is no law restricting photography of people (including children) in public spaces as long as the images are not:
- being used for voyeurism or made for the purpose of observing and visually recording a person’s genital or anal region
- protected by a court order (eg. child custody or witness protection)
- being for commercial purposes (person’s likeness is used to endorse or entice people to buy a product)
- Taking Images of Children in Sport
- Child Safe Practices Do’s and Don’ts
- Acquiring and Displaying Images of Children – ASC
- E-Safety Commission information