Working with Children
Cricket NSW acknowledges the role that cricket plays in building community and creating a connected, safe and positive environment for children.
To treat all of Australia’s children fairly, as a society we need to make sure every family and community has what children need to thrive and be healthy.
Cricket NSW strongly encourage every cricket club to do the following to Safeguard Children and Young People:
1. Endorse and sign Australian Cricket's Policy for Safeguarding Children and Young People - Sign Annex A Commitment Statement
2. Endorse and sign Australian Cricket's Code of Behaviour for Affiliated Clubs and Associations (this provides practical examples for creating a child safe environment)
3. Appoint a Child Safety Officer
Training Video - How to adopt, sign and upload AC's SCYP Framework
More resources can be found HERE.
Working with Children Check in NSW
The NSW Government Office of Children's Guardian's position on Working With Children Checks:
In NSW, the NSW Government Office of the Children’s Guardian exempt parents who are coaching their own child and umpires from having a Working With Children Check (WWCC). Cricket NSW abides by the State regulation. We encourage all clubs to actively promote all the best examples of good Child Safe practices which can be found Australian Cricket’s Looking after our Kids Code of Behaviour.
The WWCC is one very small part of overall good Child Safe practices.
Clubs must not rely on whether volunteers do or do not have a valid WWCC but more importantly, ensure that every club member is taking child safety seriously.
Cricket NSW encourage every club to ask for WWCC from these people. However, in NSW if you are a parent of a child in the team, you DO NOT need a WWCC.
Who requires a WWCC in NSW:
- All paid persons working with children under 18 years of age; and
- A volunteer who will coach, coordinate, manage or assist with a team that their own child is NOT in.
Who does not require a WWCC in NSW:
- A VOLUNTEER PARENT assisting, coaching or managing their OWN child’s team does NOT need a WWCC check; and
Do I need a paid $80 check or free volunteer check?
- The $80 check is only for paid workers
In determining if it is paid or unpaid, we would consider a role to be unpaid where the worker is reimbursed for expenses connected to the duties i.e travel costs, out of pocket expenses etc.
Where a person receives a set fee for a set distinct set of duties is considered paid work and requires a paid check, regardless of the amount of pay.
Please make sure to check the Office of the Children’s Guardian website for further information and updates.
What clubs must do now:
1. Clubs must register as Employers so that they can ‘check’ the WWC Checks of all people in their club that need one
2. There must be a register kept of all WWCC numbers
Being a Child Safe Organisation
The Working with Children Check is only one small component of ensuing children are safe in your environment. While a criminal record check can be an important tool in an organisation’s approach to being ‘child safe’, they can’t identify people who have not previously been caught or are yet to offend. Good child safe policies and practices are the best way to reduce potential environmental risks and keep kids safer. Implementing effective child safe policies and practices is the best way for an organisation to protect the children they are involved with.
A Child Safe organisation:
- Develops Child Safe policies
- Has a Child Safe code of conduct
- Ensures effective staff recruitment and training
- Understands privacy considerations
- Has a plan for managing risk
- Encourages children and young people to participate
- Effectively deals with concerns or complaints about behaviours towards a child
- Attends Child Safe Organisation training
The checklist provided by the Office of Children’s Guardian is a great way to get started in putting Child Safe practices into place and can be accessed HERE.
Training and Resources
The following websites and webinars contain further information and resources to support Clubs and Associations.
Play by the Rules – Child protection strategies, online training and support templates and resources for Clubs
Office of the Children’s Guardian – Child Safe Sports information, resources and courses
SMARTPLAY – Sport safety and injury prevention with guidelines for children
eSafetyCommissioner – An Australian Government website empowered Australians to have safer, more positive experience online with sections regarding children’s use of the internet.
Keep Them Safe – A NSW Government website dedicated to child safety
Australian Childhood Foundation – Advise on child protection and child abuse
Creating a Child Safe Organisation