WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECK
The Working with Children Check (WWCC) is an important NSW State Government requirement which contributes to the provision of a child safe environment.
All member Clubs, Associations, Branches, Futsal Clubs, Futsal Centres, Referee Branches, coaches, managers, technical directors, referees, club officials, paid personnel and volunteers in child related roles are required to comply with relevant requirements of the WWCC and the additional requirements of the new Football NSW WWCC Policy.
NEW WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECK POLICY
Football NSW has introduced a new Working with Children Check Policy. For the 2018 season and beyond, it is a requirement of Football NSW that all Technical Directors, Coaches, Managers, Referees and other persons in child related roles working or volunteering with children under 18 years obtain a WWCC and provide their Club, Association, Centre, Branch or Referee Branch with a valid WWC number.
The main elements of policy change are:
- All volunteer parents or close relatives coaching or managing their own child’s or close relative’s team, will now require a WWC number; and
- All referees, will now require a WWC number.
- The only exemption for these roles recognised by Football NSW is the exemption for persons aged under 18 years.
View the new Football NSW Working with Children Check Policy
HOW TO APPLY FOR A WWC CHECK
CLICK HERE to apply for a Working with Children Check
WHERE TO FIND YOUR WWC NUMBER?
If you already have a WWC number but have lost it click here to retrieve your WWC number
WHO IS EXEMPT?
The following are exempt from the WWCC:
- Persons under 18 years of age
- Grounds 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.
WHO IS NOT EXEMPT?
- Parents coaching or managing their own child’s team are no longer exempt (refer FNSW Policy)
- Referees are no longer exempt (refer FNSW Policy)
- Police Officers and School Teachers are not exempt
- Committee members are not exempt, even if their own child attends the club
- Referee coaches, referee mentors and referee assessors are not exempt
- Persons who have relocated to NSW and hold a working with children clearance from another state are not exempt
WHAT DO EXEMPT PERSONS SIGN?
The FNSW Member Protection Declaration (MPD) now forms part of the terms and conditions when registering on My Football Club. It is therefore important that all participants are registered in MFC for both child protection and insurance purposes.