Member Protection Policy
Marrickville FC (the Club) aims to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for all Members participating in football. Everyone involved in our sport should be treated with respect and dignity and be free to participate without being discriminated against, harassed, bullied, or abused.
The Club does not tolerate direct and indirect discrimination, unwelcome verbal or physical conduct and any unreasonable behaviour directed to an individual or group of persons.
The Club is also dedicated to the safety and wellbeing of all children participating in our sporting activities. The Club supports the rights and wellbeing of any child, its staff, and volunteers to ensure a safe environment for whoever participates in any Club activity.
The Club takes all reasonable steps to ensure that only suitable and appropriate people are engaged to work with children. This is achieved using a range of screening measures, primarily NSW WWCC. The Club requires that all members engaged to work with children adhere to the Child Safety Code of Conduct.
Marrickville FC’s Member Protection Policy is part of the Club’s ongoing commitment to ensuring there is an inclusive and safe culture for our members, which safeguards them against any forms of harassment and abuse in football.
The Policy applies to everyone involved in the activities of the Club, whether in a paid or voluntary capacity. Specifically, this includes but is not necessarily limited to all employees, members, volunteers, parents, and spectators, as well as sponsors or other guests attending Club events.
The Policy covers all matters directly and indirectly related to the Club and its activities. It also covers private behaviour where that behaviour brings the Club or sport into disrepute or there is suspicion of harm towards a child.
The Club Will:
- Adopt, implement, and comply with this policy
- Publish this Policy and the consequences of breaches
- Promote and model appropriate standards of behaviour
- Deal with any breaches or complaints made under this Policy in a sensitive, fair, and timely manner
- Enforce any penalty imposed by this Policy
- Where appropriate, seek advice from or refer serious issues to the Regional Sporting Organisation (RSO), State Sporting Organisation (SSO) or police.
- Review the Policy every two years
Anyone associated with the Club must:
- Make themselves aware of the contents of the Policy
- Comply with all relevant provisions of the Policy.
- Complete a New South Wales (NSW) Working with Children check (WWCC) when required by the Club.
- Treat other people with respect
- Place the safety and welfare of children above other considerations
- Follow the guidelines outlined in this policy if they wish to make a complaint or report a concern.
- Comply with any decisions and/or disciplinary measures imposed.
Code of Conduct for Players, Coaches, Manager and Spectators
Marrickville FC adheres to the National Code of Conduct and the National Code of Conduct applies to all Players, Coaches, Managers and Spectators.
Marrickville FC values are:
- Respect and inclusion for all
- Deliver the best outcome for all members
- A Football focus that encourages sportsmanship
- Fostering partnerships with community groups and stakeholders for access to healthy, sustainable, community sports facilities for future generations
Child Safety Policy
At Marrickville FC we have a zero tolerance for child abuse and are committed to acting in children’s best interest and keeping them safe from harm. The Club regards its child protection responsibilities with the utmost importance and is committed to providing the necessary resources to ensure compliance with all relevant child protection laws and regulations and maintain a healthy child safe culture. We demonstrate this though implementing our Code of Conduct and this Child Safety Policy.
It is the responsibility of all at MFC, from the Executive Committee to staff and volunteers, to:
- Protect children and young people from all forms of abuse, bullying and exploitation by our people.
- Be alert to incidents of child abuse and neglect occurring outside of our sport that may have an impact on the children and young people; and
- Create and maintain a child safe culture that is understood, endorsed, and put into action by all the individuals who work for, volunteer, or access our programs and services
We expect all within our club, regardless of their role or level of responsibility, to act to keep children safe from such harm by:
- Adopting the practices and behaviour we have set as our standard when carrying out their roles; and
- Reporting any abuse or neglect of which they become aware to our management and/or to external authorities responsible for child protection or to police, regardless of who is perpetrating that abuse.
Child Safety Code of Conduct
Marrickville FC is a grassroots sports club delivering community football services in Sydney’s Inner West. Our Club’s vision is to provide a friendly environment that encourages respectful behaviour towards all children and ensure their safety and wellbeing.
All paid and unpaid staff, including volunteers, interns, or trainees of Marrickville FC (the Club) are responsible for the safety and wellbeing of children and young people who engage with the Club. All paid and unpaid staff are expected to act in accordance with this Code of Conduct in their physical and online interactions with children and young people under the age of 18 years.
Marrickville Football Club (referred to in this Policy as the Club) is committed to managing your information in a secure and responsible manner and in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). This Policy sets out the way in which the Association collects, uses, and discloses personal information and also explains your rights and how to contact us.