Working With Children
Clubs must ensure compliance and record keeping with all employees and volunteers who are involved with child-related work and must comply with relevant legislation with regard to working with children.
All football clubs have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for all participants, this is particularly important for junior clubs to ensure a comprehensive approach to child protection and creating child safe environments.
Responsible football organisations must ensure:
- All employees or volunteers undergo criminal record screening
- All employees or volunteers undergo background checks
- They have in place relevant policies and procedures to ensure children are protected
It is also increasingly important for senior clubs to undergo stringent screening for their volunteers, particularly in relation to colts teams which may have players under 18 years of age.
Background and criminal history screening will also assist clubs to select the right people for important committee positions such as those with cash and monies responsibilities.
- Play By The Rules: free online training, information and resources for clubs with details on specific working with children legislation in your state