National Safeguarding Children Manager

Football Federation Australia (FFA) is the national governing body for football in Australia. It governs all national teams (including the Caltex Socceroos and Westfield Matildas), the Hyundai A League, Westfield W-League, Foxtel National Youth League, Westfield FFA Cup, PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues and also leads state, community and grass roots football.

The Manager will provide strategic support and leadership to the Community, Football Development and Women’s Football department and to a broad range of stakeholders in relation to safeguarding and child protection matters with primary focus on strategic advice and administration of football’s safeguarding and child protection framework, including learning and development resources. The Manager will provide specialist advice and assistance to FFA and external stakeholders on safeguarding children and child protection best practice, processes and standards. 

Key Areas of Responsibility 

1.    Lead the planning and development of a whole-of-sport National Safeguarding Strategy and action plan to promote member protection practices in Football using Sport Australia’s National Safeguarding Children in Sport Strategy. 
2.    Managing the development and implementation of the National Safeguarding Strategy and action plan.
3.    Chairing the whole-of-sport National Safeguarding Children in Football Taskforce.
4.    Providing strategic advice to internal stakeholders and to FFA’s Member Federations and Clubs on safeguarding children and child protection matters as they relate to FFA’s National Safeguarding Children Strategy.
5.    Managing the development and delivery of a whole-of-sport Safeguarding Children Audit for Football. 
6.    Managing the development of educational resources relevant for a whole-of-sport approach and that align with the National Safeguarding Strategy. 
7.    Supporting State Member Protection Information Officers throughout Australia, including in relation to compliance and capability development in accordance with the National Member Protection Policy and Sport Australia principles and requirements. 
8.    Supporting State Member Protection Information Officers with education, training and development, including in relation to child protection and reporting requirements in accordance with National Member Protection Policy in addition to any reporting obligations to relevant Government agencies.
9.    Advising on strategic initiatives and opportunities to improve safeguarding children and child protection across the sport.
10.    Assisting the National Member Protection Information Officer with ad hoc matters, including in relation to safeguarding children, child protection and member protection matters.
11.    Other duties as required. 

Qualification, knowledge, skills and behavior required

•    Experience in developing and implementing Safeguarding strategies, initiatives and training programs in either not-for-profit sector, government or private sector;
•    Excellent written and verbal communications, with proven ability to research and write accessible, clear strategic documents and reports for a range of audiences;
•    The ability to influence and work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders including colleagues, organizational leadership, external organisations and sporting partners;
•    Team player, excellent communicator, ability to think through problems and achieve effective solutions, innovative and constantly seeking better ways of doing things; and 
•    Tertiary qualifications or minimum 5 years industry experience in community engagement, Safeguarding, child protection or any other area of relevance.


•    Understanding the role of a Member Protection Information Officer, or similar function in regulatory framework, and complaints procedures;
•    Understanding of the sporting landscape 

FFA People & Culture

FFA’s staff culture is an evolving process of continuous improvement with a consistent passion across the business for growing the game to become Australia’s number 1 sport. FFA’s existing and incoming staff all need to align to the organsiation’s values - People, Collaboration, Integrity, Whole of Game, Unlimited Potential and Excellence. More recently there has been a conscious focus on improving flexibility and work life balance within FFA through the introduction of the FFA People & Work Approach. This allows individuals to develop informal work arrangements to suit their personal situations.

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