Child Protection

Child Protection @ Newtown Swans

We believe at the Newtown Swans that children should be able to develop and enjoy their sporting experience in a safe environment, protected from the risk of harm or abuse. To ensure this, we have adopted policies such as the working with children, anti-bullying and the Newtown Swans Code of Conduct.

Code of Conduct

The Newtown Swans have a Code of Conduct. This Code provides clear guidelines on players, parents (and spectators) and volunteers expected behaviour. It also promotes an environment in which both the game, and all players flourish. 

When registering a player this year you will recall that you were asked to confirm your agreement with a summary of this Code.

The Code of Conduct is monitored by the Child Protection Committee. We have procedures established to deal with any breaches.  For players, this could mean attendance at a tribunal, and for parents and spectators, it could mean a suspension from games.

Anti-Bullying Policy

The Newtown Swans does not accept any form of bullying behaviour

In 2020 the Newtown Swans released the following core values: to be

  • Friendly, inclusive & community driven,
  • Passionate about skill developmental,
  • Courageous in our actions, and
  • Respectful

This is the standard of behaviour expected of those affiliated with the Newtown Swans. We believe that all people have the right to play and socialise in an environment which is safe and inclusive. This is reflected in our Anti-Bullying Policy.  Any reports of inappropriate behaviour will be treated seriously, sympathetically and confidentially, and if necessary, will be investigated thoroughly.

The purpose of our policy is to set out the Newtown Swans position on bullying and the plan for preventing, identifying and responding effectively to bullying behaviour, both in person and online, obvious and hidden.

Working with Children

The Newtown Swans comply and uphold the AFL Sydney Juniors Working With Children Policy and Guidelines. This means all Club volunteers in direct contact with children are required to have a valid Working With Children Check.

Under the legislation, there are exemptions for some categories of volunteers under the Child Protection (Working with Children) Regulation 2013. They are:

  • Children (under the age of 18)
  • Volunteering by a parent or close relative with a team, program or other activity in which the child usually participates or is a team member; except where the work is part of a formal mentoring program or involves personal care of children with a disability. (Part 4, Clause 20)
  • Clubs or other bodies providing services for children if the work is work as an umpire, a Club Official and the work does not ordinarily involve contact with children for extended periods without other adults being present.

The Newtown Swans have considered these exemptions, and note in the case of the Club this exemption would apply to almost all volunteers. We have therefore agreed, in compliance with the AFL Sydney Juniors Working With Children Policy and Guidelines, that it is appropriate that all Coaches and Team Managers should be cleared.  

The following information summarises our approach and expectations of all Club volunteers.

Working With Children Check Procedure

The application process for Volunteers is a three (3) step process.

STEP 1:

  • You need to fill in an online application form (link: https://www.ocg.nsw.gov.au/child-safe-organisations/working-with-children-check/applicant).
  • It is important that the details you provide are EXACTLY THE SAME as the details on your identity documents. If you have submitted the form with a mistake, please redo the form to avoid problems with the proof of identity requirement at step two.
  • You will be asked if you are a paid worker or volunteer worker. Check Volunteer (unless you also require a paid worker WWCC).
  • Volunteers do not pay any fee for the WWCC.
  • Once you have submitted the form, you will receive by email an application number that looks like this: APP1234567.

STEP 2:

  • You will then need to present yourself to Service NSW
  • You cannot submit proof of identity on behalf of someone else. You must appear in person with your own documentation.
  • Proof of identity cannot be performed outside of NSW.

STEP 3

  • After a period of days you will receive your outcome and Working with Children Check number by email (or post if you do not have an email address).
  • A copy of the Clearance form should then be provided to your nominated Club Child Protection Officer. The additional information the Club will require, if they don’t already have it, is your date of birth. This number stays with you – only one check is required per person regardless of different organisations that you work or volunteer for.

The Club then have a verification process which they have to go through to confirm the details provided are valid.

For more information on any of the details or policies provided above, please contact cpo@newtownswans.com.au