Date: April 09, 2015
Author: Office of the Children's Guardian

Do you work or volunteer with kids in sport?

Please see the below editorial which we encourage you to share with your communications networks.

Do you work or volunteer with kids in sport?

Sport and recreation services need to be Checked and verified

Staff and volunteers in child-related work in sport and recreation sectors in NSW, including dance schools, are being phased-in to the new Working With Children Check system and should now apply for a clearance to work with children.

Most parent volunteers will NOT need a Working With Children Check. The Check allows parents and other close relatives (such as a sibling, grandparent, step-parent or uncle) to volunteer in team sports, programs and other activities that involve their own children, without needing to apply for a clearance to work with children.

There are also exemptions for those who help around a club but do not have direct face-to-face contact with children, such as canteen staff or maintenance workers.

Child-related workers and volunteers (unless exempt) in the following groups need to obtain and provide their application or clearance number to their employer or relevant organisation for online verification by 31 March 2016:

  • Sport and recreation associations
  • Privately owned sporting organisations  
  • Dance schools

Apply online at www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/check

“The Working With Children Check is a requirement for any new paid child-related work,” said NSW Children's Guardian Ms Kerryn Boland.

“Employees in these industry sectors who were previously checked under the old system will now need to apply for a new Check as part of the phase-in schedule.  

“This is to enable all employees, including those with previous clearances and volunteers, to comply with the new legislative requirements and be subject to ongoing monitoring for relevant new records thatcould lead to their clearance being cancelled.”

Employers need to register and verify the Checks

Ms Boland said employers also had an important role to play as part of the Working With Children Check system, with offences applying to both employers and employees for non-compliance with the legislation.

“Employers need to register online so they can verify the status of the new Working With Children Checks of their paid and unpaid employees,” Ms Boland said.

“This online verification enables the Office of the Children’s Guardianto provide information to employers who have verified an applicant should a Working With Children Checkbe cancelled.”

The Office of the Children’s Guardian has undertaken extensive community engagement to support the sport and recreation sector (including dance) including free, state-wide workshops, online seminars and e-Learning programs, along with fact sheets and brochures.

Go to www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/childsafesports to register for an information session in your local area and to access sports-specific resources, or contact the Office of the Children’s Guardian on (02) 9286 7219.


Join the cheer squad for Child Safe Sports

To help keep sport safe for kids in NSW local competitors, sporting clubs and teams, especially juniors, are invited to share their support for Child Safe Sports.

Sydney FC kicked off the Child Safe Sport campaign, with Head Coach Graham Arnold, Captain Alex Brosque and Chloe Logarzo from the women's team featuring in a Child Safe Sports video.

The NSW Swifts Head Coach Rob Wright with players Caitlin Thwaites, Taylah Davies and Paige Hadley also scored a goal for kids in sport with their appearance in the promotion. A bunch of junior North Bondi Surf Club Nippers, also shared the video's message 'We want sport to keep kids safe.'

You too can feature in the local sports campaign to keep sport safe for kids in NSW. We would like to hear from people playing, coaching and involved in junior sport who are keen to share their support by posting a team photo with the slogan: 'We want sport to keep kids safe' and share on Twitter using #childsafesports.

The video, placards, and lots of other resources can be found at www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/childsafesports