Football NSW Working With Children Check Policy
In the interest of promoting child safety within the sport of Football, the Board of Football NSW has implemented a policy which expands the categories of individuals requiring the NSW Government’s Working With Children Check (WWCC).
While WWWC legislation currently provides exemptions for certain categories, including volunteer parents or close relatives coaching their child’s or close relative’s team, referees and persons aged under 18.
The Board of FNSW recognises that the WWCC is only part of an organisation’s tools to promote child safety and were therefore concerned regarding these exemptions. A significant and important portion of membership was not subjected to WWCC.
Accordingly, under Football NSW’s Working With Children Policy, volunteer parents or close relatives coaching or managing their child’s or close relative’s team and referees will now require a WWC number.
The only exemptions for coaches and managers recognised by Football NSW under the new policy are:
- Persons under 18
- Ground persons
- Guest presenters or speakers for a one-off presentation
- Persons who work or volunteer with children visiting NSW from another State to attend an event where the work in NSW will be for no more than 30 days in a calendar year
It is therefore a requirement of Football NSW that all Technical Directors, Coaches and Managers working or volunteering with children under 18 years of age, obtain a WWCC and provide their Club and ESFA with a valid WWC number.
Referees under the new policy require a WWCC. The only exemption recognised by Football NSW is for persons aged under 18 years. Referees are required to apply for a paid WWCC.
Registration for coaches and managers will not be approved in MFC until a WWC number is provided on their profile.
While Football NSW acknowledges that this Policy will require changes to the processes within Club and ESFA Administration, it recognises that many clubs throughout NSW have already applied the WWCC as outlined in the new Football NSW Policy.
Football NSW will be working closely with the Office of Children’s Guardian in relation to child protection and members’ compliance.
Over 200 Football NSW Clubs and Associations have already been audited and this will continue in 2018.
For further information regarding Football NSW Working With Children Check Policy and how to apply for one, please click here