Softball NSW has recently updated their Working With Children Policy to fall in line with recent changes and processes advised through the Office of the Children’s Guardian.
These changes have been implemented to improve the safety of young people and also provide clear guidelines for Associations, Clubs, Members and Officials within the Softball NSW framework.
The key point adjustment in these areas are in relation to Officials and in particular Umpires. Within our community framework we have both active paid and unpaid umpires that in undertaking their role do have engagement with minors in the aspects of mentoring, educating and or training. In the case where mentoring, educating and training of minors is of a regular occurrence (prior to, in-game or post-game) umpires/officials will now be required to have either a paid or unpaid Working With Children Check.
Further to this, all Umpires at SNSW Events (except those under 18 years of age); will be required to supply their WWC Number via the Affiliate due to the mentoring process that is included in all umpiring event structures. Those attending events in which payment is offered must have a paid WWC.
This policy is now being implemented as of August 14th 2020 and will be in action from the recommencement of the 2020 SNSW representative season, beginning with the Under 14 State Championships on September 19th-20th. Umpires without the correct WWC Number will not be able to officiate at SNSW Events. Softball NSW will allow existing Officials/Umpires with a Volunteer WWC to transition over the next 3 months from August 14th-November 13th 2020.
Within the policy are FAQ’s which will assist in most cases.
The new Policy & Guidelines can be found here on the Softball NSW Website.
For further information on these Guidelines and Policy please contact Daniel Rushworth via firstname.lastname@example.org