Member Protection

The protection of our Members at Governing Body, Association and Club level is of the utmost importance to us at Netball WA.

Following guidelines to screen volunteers is vital to ensure your organisation is taking appropriate steps to keep children and members safe. An important part of this process is to frequently state your organisation’s commitment to member protection and child safeguarding. While Netball WA recommends the following document as a guideline for best practice screening of all volunteers, please note that Western Australian legislation requires anyone involved in paid or unpaid ‘child-related’ work to obtain a Working with Children (WWC) Check. WWC legislation is explained in further detail under Criminal Record Checks on pages 5 & 6 of Netball WA’s Member Screening Guidelines.

MPIOs are people trained to be the first point of contact within your Association/Club for any persons considering making a complaint or claim under the Member Protection Policy or to help with guidance on how to access resolutions through policies and procedures. MPIOs provide confidential, impartial and timely support and information. They also provide information about the local complaint resolution options available to address the individuals concerns. Netball WA recommends that each Association have a qualified MPIO.

Play by the Rules is an online resource to assist Associations and Clubs with any issues they may face. It provides guidelines to assist in planning for Administrators, Coaches, Officials and Parents. The website also includes components covering Managing Risks, Complaints and Protection Laws, in addition to online training.