Posted: Tue, 17th Aug 2021

Covering MPIO Training, the Paralympics, Covid-19, Child Safe Sport training, Working With Children Check

Member protection training

The NSW Office of Sport will deliver webinars to help sporting organisations protect club members from issues such as harassment, discrimination and abuse.

Member Protection Information Officers (MPIO) play a vital role in protecting the rights and welfare of club members as the 'go to' person to raise issues, concerns and complaints.

The training involves two free components:

  1. Play by the Rules online MPIO module – hosted on the Sport Integrity Australia e-learning hub. 
  2. Office of Sport webinar session - two-hour practical session.

If you’d like to better protect your club members, register here.


Countdown to the Paralympics
The Olympic cauldron may be extinguished but it won’t be long before we can again cheer our star athletes competing on the world stage, with the Paralympics starting in Tokyo on Tuesday, 24 August.
The Australian team placed fifth on the gold medal tally at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games with 22 gold, 30 silver and 29 bronze medals.
With another large contingent of para-athletes making the trip the Toyko Paralympic Games, another large medal haul is anticipated. 
Good luck to all our para-athletes, we’ll all be behind you cheering you on to victory!
Paralympics Australia is giving fans an opportunity to support the team by buying a green and gold virtual seat HERE. Each seat will support the next generation of Para-athletes through Paralympics Australia’s community and sports programs.
Learn more about our Tokyo Paralympic Games team. 


COVID-19 community sport update
The COVID-19 situation in NSW is constantly evolving. The Office of Sport has a dedicated COVID-19 page with advice on sport and active recreation.


Child Safe Sport training
The Office of Sport will host a number of Child Safe Sport webinars, outlining how clubs can create safer sporting environments for children and young people in line with the new Child Safe Standards.  
Sport and recreation clubs have a responsibility to protect children from harm and abuse.  
The free 90-minute webinar features practical ways to be more child safe for club boards, committees, leaders, administrators and volunteers with child safeguarding responsibilities.

The webinar will also introduce a range of resources, tools and templates that will assist volunteers in safeguarding children in sport, including an overview of the new Child Safe Standards. 
This includes completing a club review pre-webinar and working on a simple, child safe club action plan post session.
For further information and to book click here or call 13 13 02.


New Working with Children Check policy
The Office of the Children’s Guardian has released a new Compliance and Enforcement policy about the expectations of organisations that work with children.
The policy represents an escalation of compliance and enforcement, with a focus on capability building to help child-related organisations create safer places. 
The Office of the Children’s Guardian will focus on ensuring child-related employers are registered as employers in the Working with Children Check system and verify child-related workers’ Working with Children Checks.
An amnesty for employers to verify their workers ended on 30 June. From 1 July, enforcement action will be taken against employers that have not complied with their obligations.
For further information, visit the Office of the Children’s Guardian website. 

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