Member Protection Policy

At Sutherland Shire Football Association (SSFA), our priority is to ensure the well-being, safety, and enjoyment of all members participating in football activities within our sphere of influence. Our commitment extends beyond simply providing opportunities to engage in the sport; it is about creating an environment that is safe, supportive, and conducive to the positive development of each individual.

Health, Safety, and Welfare Commitment

Our Association is unwavering in its commitment to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of all our members. This pertains not just to physical safety on the field, but also to mental and emotional well-being. We believe that football, as with any sport, should be a source of joy, learning, and camaraderie, and should never be a cause of harm or distress.

We implement and strictly adhere to rigorous safety measures and protocols during training sessions and matches. Our staff, coaches, and volunteers are trained to prioritise safety and are always alert to any potential hazards or situations that may pose a risk to our members.

Participation Opportunities

At SSFA, we firmly believe in the universal right to participate in football. We are committed to providing diverse, inclusive, and equal opportunities for all individuals, regardless of their background, age, gender, skill level, or disability status. Our aim is to promote participation in football at all levels and to foster a love for the sport that transcends competitive outcomes.

Respect and Dignity

Every member of the SSFA community deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. We have a zero-tolerance policy for any form of discrimination, harassment, bullying, or abusive behaviour. Such behaviour is against our values, and we will take immediate action against any such misconduct.

We encourage all members to take personal responsibility for ensuring our association is a respectful and safe space for everyone. If you witness or experience any behaviour that breaches our commitment, please report it to us immediately.

A Community Effort

Member protection is not solely the responsibility of the SSFA – it is a collective endeavour. We urge all members, parents, coaches, staff, and volunteers to join us in fostering a safe and supportive environment for everyone.

Together, we can ensure the Sutherland Shire Football Association continues to be a place where everyone can enjoy the beautiful game in a safe and welcoming atmosphere.

MPIO Assistance
MPIO Support
Youth Support Helplines & Websites
Youth online Forums
Helplines & Support Services
  • Lifeline 24/7 telephone support – 13 11 14
  • Lifeline online Crisis Chat
  • Lifeline website
  • Beyond Blue 24/7 telephone support – 1300 224 636
  • NSW Mental Health Line – 1800 011 511
  • eHeadspace – 1800 650 850
  • Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467 Free 24/7 phone counselling
Government Contacts
  • NSW Police – In an emergency dial Triple Zero (000)
  • NSW Police assistance line – 131 444
  • Department of Communities & Justice – Child Protection Helpline 132 111
  • NSW OCG – Working with Children Check – 02 8219 3777


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