Over three quarters of our playing population are boys and girls under the age of 18, this places significant importance on the safety of these players in our sport and the responsibility we have as administrators and leaders of our game to ensure their continued safety both on and off the field.
Since April 2016, there has been an obligation for all football clubs throughout NSW to meet the requirements of the NSW Working With Children Check (WWCC) Legislation and it is encouraging to note that a majority of NNSWF Clubs are compliant.
It is important for non-compliant clubs to realise however that it is against the law to engage an individual in any child related work unless the club has verified the individual online using their WWCC Number and their status shows as ‘cleared’ to work with children (unless they fall under an exemption).
Fines ranging from $11,000 per offence can be issued to clubs who do not comply with this legislation and actively engage individuals in child related roles (coaches, team managers, duty officers, technical directors etc) who have not been verified.
To this end, Northern NSW Football in association with its Member Zones have established a NNSWF Working With Children’s Check (WWCC) Policy to assist all Member Clubs meet their obligations to State Legislation, in particular, the Child Protection (Working With Children) Act 2012 .
The WWCC Policy also sets out to give members peace of mind that their respective club is using its best endeavours to deliver a safe environment in which to enjoy the game.
Adherence to this policy will also grant your club access to the Northern NSW Football Certificate of Currency. A Certificate of Currency is a document issued by an insurer to show that your club is covered for Public Liability.
To obtain the Certificate of Currency your club is required to complete the NNSWF Online WWCC Declaration Checklist which confirms to your Member Zone and NNSWF your club is meeting its legal requirements under the Act and is providing a child safe environment.
In addition to the policy, NNSWF has established a WWCC Guidelines For Member Clubs and also WWCC Guidelines For Coaches, Managers, Volunteers and Employees which we encourage you to access.
For more information regarding the new WWCC, including establishing your club portal, how to verify individuals, who needs a WWCC and exemptions, please visit the Office of Children’s Guardian website https://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au
The NNSWF WWCC Policy is active NOW and we encourage you to familiarise yourself with your clubs obligations and take the necessary steps to ensure your clubs compliance.
NNSWF are committed to assisting clubs throughout this process and encourage clubs with any questions regarding the NNSWF WWCC Policy or the NNSWF Online WWCC Declaration Checklist. to contact Nyssa Suchanow or Ross Hicks at the NNSWF office.