Working With Children Policy
1. POLICY STATEMENT
1.1 In accordance with Section 4 of the Child Protections (Working with Children) Act 2012 (NSW), the safety, welfare and well-being of children and in particular, protecting them from child abuse, is the paramount consideration in the Indoor Sports New South Wales (ISNSW) Working With Children Policy (the Policy).
1.2 ISNSW and its various Sub-Committees acknowledge the significance of ensuring a safe environment for children and the importance of preventing people who pose a risk to the safety, welfare and well-being of children from being employed or engaged in child-related work.
1.3 It is also important to ISNSW and its various Sub-Committees that proactive measures are put in place to ensure the safety of not only children involved with ISNSW and its various Sub-committees but also its Members.
- This policy will take effect from the 17th November, 2015 and must be read in conjunction with the NSW Child Protection (Working With Children) Regulation 2013.
- This policy is an update to the former ISNSW Working With Children Policy which came into effect on 1 January 2015. The amended policy applies to any person employed or engaged (or who are seeking to be employed or engaged) in either paid or unpaid work with ISNSW or any of its established Sub-Committees or affiliated bodies in any “official capacity” including but not limited to the following positions:
- Executive Officer;
- Secretary / Treasurer;
- Sub-Committee Member;
- Tour Manager;
- State Coach or Assistant Coach;
- State Manager;
- NNSW Premier League Cricket Coach, Manager, Umpire or Convener;
- Big Blast Indoor Coach, Manager, Umpire or Convener;
- Newcastle Superleague Netball Coach, Manager, Umpire or Convener;
- NNSW Super League Netball Coach, Manager, Umpire or Convener;
- Indoor Netball Premier League Coach, Manager, Umpire or Convener;
- Sports Trainer, Physiotherapist, Chiropractor
- Any person employed or engaged (or who are seeking to be employed or engaged) in either paid or unpaid work with ISNSW or any of its established Sub-Committees or affiliated bodies in an official capacity including but not limited to the roles identified in the preceding paragraph MUST produce or be capable of producing upon request, a valid Working With Children Check Clearance Number.
- If the status of a person’s Working With Children Check is changed so that the person is no longer cleared, ISNSW reserves its rights to immediately suspend all activities and/or duties of the person until that person attains a Working With Children Check Clearance.
4. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS & RESPONSIBILITIES
- ISNSW acknowledges that this policy is in addition to its legislative obligations and requirements but believes its establishment is necessary and should be regarded by all Members of ISNSW, its Sub-Committees and affiliated bodies as a necessary level of expectation for all persons presently employed or engaged by ISNSW, its Sub-Committees or affiliated bodies in an “official capacity” or who intend to be so employed or engaged.
- The Office of ISNSW will be responsible for record management, including keeping relevant Working With Children Check documents for a minimum of five years after the employment or engagement of a person in an “official capacity” has been completed and for disposing of such records/documents in a secure manner.
- The Office of ISNSW will also be responsible for regularly monitoring and reviewing the Working With Children Check status of each person employed or engaged in an “official capacity” and inform the ISNSW Board of the change of the status of any person so employed or engaged immediately or as soon as practical.
- Enquiries in relation to the ISNSW Working With Children Policy should be made in writing to the Office of ISNSW.
Revised and updated as at the 17th November, 2015.