What is Working With Children Check?
Working With Children Check (WWCC) is a NSW Government requirement for anyone who is involved in child-related work. The WWCC is a national criminal history check and review of findings of workplace misconduct. All persons (aged 18+) volunteering or a paid employer who work with children must undertake the test. Once you clear the WWCC you will be issued with a WWC number, which then must be provided to their employer (Association / Club) to be able to work with children.
Who is exempt from the Check?
If the volunteering work aligns with either of these descriptions, the parent does not need to get a Check unless the work is part of a formal mentoring program or involves intimate personal care of children with a disability.
When do I need to apply for the Check?
If you are new or existing volunteer in a child-related role you must apply by the 1st April 2015
How do I Apply for a WWCC & Number?
If you already hold a WWCC number you must provide it to your employer (association / club). Example of a WWCC number: WWCC1234567E
Association / Club must register as an Employer on the WWCC System:
Before a association / club are able to verify your employee WWC numbers the employer (Association / Club) must register for the WWCC. When completing the "Employer Registration" select the Child Related tab called "Clubs and other bodies providing services for children". Employer must also choose a Username and Password for your for your club / association, be sure to make it something easy to remember and keep on record.
To register your Association / Club as a WWCC Employer - Click HERE
Association / Club can now start verifying:
Now your Association / Club is registered as an employer you can start verifying your employee's WWCC numbers.
To verify your employees go to www.newcheck.kids.nsw.gov.au and log in (use your Username & Password). Select the Verify option and then input your employees details: Surname, DOB and WWCC Number and select Verify. Once verified you should get a clearance message.
Final step is to record your Verification details using WWCC Verification Record Template provided by Cycling NSW (see below). Only once the employee is verified the applicant / employee can begin working with children.
Member Protection Information Officers:
Link below is a brochure on MPIO training. The training is a 2 part process
Coaches providing private services to children will also need to apply for a new Working With Children Check. Coach should provide their name, date of birth, and WWCC number to parents/carers for on-line verification. Applications for a Working With Children Check can be made at www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au The Office of the Children's Guardian has produced a parent verfication process for private coaches to display their name, date of birth and WWCC number. Poster can be viewed by clicking Here. A WWCC bar or interim bar means the tutor or coach cannot work or volunteer with children in NSW.
NSW Working With Children Check is now administered by the Office of the Children's Guardian.