Member Protection is important in providing a safe sporting environment and relates to issues including harassment, abuse, victimisation, racial vilification and child protection.
A key initiative of Football NSW is the requirement for all clubs, associations and referee branches to have a dedicated Member Protection Information Officer.
THE ROLE OF THE MPIO
The MPIO at your club is the first point of contact and is a sounding board for anyone with a member protection concern. An MPIO can offer information on complaint resolution and policies but does not offer advice and does not investigate complaints.
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It is the responsibility of the club or association to decide who invesigates complaints. The MPIO should remain neutral and be a good listener and communicator.
1: On-Line Training
As a minimum all MPIO’s should complete the NSW Child Protection and Harrassment & Discrimination training on-line atwww.playbytherules.net.auand refer to the information, scenarios and video’s available at this website. The training is free and takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.
To complete the on-line training:
Step1: Go to http://www.playbytherules.net.au/online-learning
Step 2: Register as a new user and proceed to the On-line Training page
Step 3: Select a course. It is recommended that you complete Child Protection NSW for Coaches and Officials and also theHarassment and Discrimination course.
Step 4: Complete each course, assessment and then the review, then save and print the Course Certificate. Retain the original certificate for your resume as proof of doing the course.
2: Accredited Training
It is advisable that MPIO’s also complete the Australian Sports Commission Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO) Course. This course is currently available through two providers:
1: NSW Sports Federation www.sportnsw.com.au
2: NSW Sport & Recreation http://www.dsr.nsw.gov.au/training/sportsadmin.asp
3: Free Child Protection Training
These courses are available at www.dsr.nsw.gov.au
FINDING AN ACCREDITED MPIO
MPIO’s who have completed this training are listed on the Australian Sports Commission website. List of ASC Accredited MPIOS
MPIO INFORMATION & RESOURCES