Working with Children & Child Protection Documents
A new Working with Children Check will be introduced in the near future.
Please download all documents and ensure that if you're working with a team or club this year that you fill out the NSWRL Member Protection Declaration form.
Volunteer's need to:
1. Open the document and fill in the relevant fields.
2. Print the document.
3. Sign the document.
4. Have an “authorised witness” sign the document.
5. Send the document to the Secretary or Member Protection Officer of his / her relevant club.
The club will need to keep this document for a period of three years.
Please also be aware that the phase in period for compliance with the new Working with Children (WWCC) Legislation begins in 2015. The NSWRL will endeavour to arrange information evenings for clubs during 2014. Most volunteers will be required to get a WWCC number.
* Please see attached information from Kerry Turner NSW Department of Sport and Recreation re 'Play by the Rules' on line education programme for Child protection and harassment.
All Child Protection documents will be posted into this section.
NEW WWCC & CHILD SAFE WORKSHOP (Download)
Are you involved in local sports? People working or volunteering in sport and recreation need to prepare for the phase-in of the new Working with Children Check. Find out more by registering for a free Child Safe Seminar!
Where: Sydney, Central Coast, Illawarra, Hunter, New England, North, Western, South and South West NSW regions. To find the location of your nearest seminar go to the website: www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/childsafesports
Register here: www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/childsafesports
The workshop has been specifically designed for NSW sports clubs by the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian.
* The workshop will cover the new Working with Children Check, as well as creating child safe environments
* 30+ workshops will be offered around NSW from September to November 2014
* Presenters will be staff from Office of the Children’s Guardian (OCG)
* Workshops are free
* See flyer attached for more information and online booking
* Places are limited
Many SSOs are attending a WWCC Sports Talk here at the Sport and Recreation offices tomorrow, where OCG will discuss the new club workshop in more detail.
The NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian is an independent government agency which administers the Working With Children Check and encourages organisations to be safe for children.
To find out more go to: www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au
NRL MEMBER PROTECTION POLICY (Download)
The National Rugby League (NRL) has a policy of using world’s best practice in risk management to support and enhance activities in all areas of our organisation and to ensure that risk management is an integral part of our decision making process. We use a structured risk management process to minimise reasonably foreseeable physical, financial, legal and ethical harm to people, disruption to operations and damage to the environment and property. We identify and take advantage of opportunities as well as minimising adverse effects. We train our people to implement risk management effectively. We strive to continually improve our risk management practices.
Included as part of the National Rugby League’s Risk Management Program are Member Protection Policies and Procedures for the National Body, all Affiliated State Leagues and their affiliated organisations. These policies and procedures are an essential part of our organisation’s proactive and preventative a pproach to tackling inappropriate behaviour. These policies are governed by the NRL and adopted by its all Affiliated State Leagues and their affiliated organisations.
MEMBER PROTECTION DECLARATION (Download)
Statutory Declaration under the Oaths Act 1900 (NSW)
New South Wales Rugby League Limited (“NSWRL”) has a duty of care to all those associated with it and its members, constituent and affiliate bodies , rugby league clubs playing in competitions conducted under the auspices of NSWRL (all together “Relevant Rugby League Organisations”) and all individuals involved in rugby league in New South Wales.
As a requirement of our Member Protection Policy, NSWRL must enquire into the background of all those who undertake any work (whether on a paid or volunteer basis), coaching or any other regular unsupervised contact with people under the age of 18 years (“Children”) as part of their involvement in the game of rugby league.
All coaches, team managers, mentors, facilitators, officials, trainers and any other person engaged in either a paid or voluntary capacity with NSWRL and / or any Relevant Rugby League Organisation who work or volunteer with Children as part of the role in which they work / volunteer MUST complete this statutory declaration and return it to their Relevant Rugby League Organisation(s) before undertaking any paid or unpaid work with Children.
PLAY BY THE RULES (Download)
Making sport inclusive, safe and fair. To assist with harassment, discrimination and child protection issues in sport and recreation. Sport and recreation organisations across the country regularly have to deal with a range of harassment, discrimination and child protection issues involving players, coaches, officials and spectators. This Quick Reference Guide shows where you can find the essential information and services to help you resolve these issues, including:
* Referring illegal or unlawful behaviour
* Promoting a positive, child-safe environment
* Making and resolving complaints
ARL IMAGES POLICY (Download)
A high level of care needs to be exercised by clubs and associations when dealing with the issue of photo images of children. There have been a number of instances where photos of children in sporting magazines and sporting websites have been misused and/or altered for inappropriate purposes.
ARL CHILD PROTECTION POLICY STATEMENT (Download)
Every person and organization bound by this policy must always place the safety and welfare of children above all other considerations. The Australian Rugby League acknowledges that our staff and volunteers provide a valuable contribution to the positive experiences of our juniors. The ARL aims to ensure this continues and to protect the safety and welfare of its junior participants.
THE NEW WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECK (Download)
A new working with Children check will be introduced with workers and volunteers having a simple two-step procedure for getting a New Working with Children Check.
CHILD PROTECTION REQUIREMENTS - NEW SOUTH WALES (Download)
This information is subject to change at any time. Refer to the NSW Commission for Children and Young People website: www.kids.nsw.gov.au or contact (02) 9286 7219. All NSW clubs and associations who engage/employ pe ople in child-related activities (in a paid or voluntary capacity) must meet the requireme nts of the Working With Children Check. This is a legal requirement.
CHILD SAFE CHECK UP (Download)
Every day children and young people around NSW spend time with adults in Workplaces such as schools and eduational facilities, child care centres, youth refuges, sporting clubs, church groups and hospitals. In NSW, if you employ people to work with children – regardless of whether the work is paid or unpaid, casual or permanent - you have a legal obligation to help keep those children safe from physical, sexual or emotional abuse.
RISK MANAGEMENT FOR COACHES & OFFICIALS (Download)
Thousands of Australians participate in Rugby League at various levels on a regular basis. Activities range from the purely amateur recreational level to high profile professional Rugby League. No matter where on the scale an individual is placed, they may be exposed to risks that have the potential to cause physical, financial or legal disaster. Therefore the effective management of risk is an important requirement of everyone involved in Rugby League.