Working with Children in NSW
Important information about government regulations around working with children in NSW.
The WWC Check is a NSW State Government requirement that applies to persons who work or volunteer with children (u18). NSW State Government requires all persons (aged 18+) commencing a paid or volunteer role working with children to apply on-line for a Working with Children Check and obtain a WWC Number
Who needs a Working with Children Check?
Following Cricket Australia’s Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy, Cricket NSW requires these people to obtain a WWCC this season.
1. All coaches who interact and deal with Children and Young People U18.
2. Team managers who regularly interact and deal with Children and Young People under 18;
3. Junior coordinators;
4 .Team captains who interact and deal with Children and Young People who are U18;
5. Club president, Secretary and other committee members for all clubs with Children and Young People participants U18;
6. Other volunteers directly involved in the delivery of programs and services to Children and Young People;
7. Any other person required by any applicable State or Territory law to hold a WWCC.
When considering if you need a WWCC, ask yourself how much time you spend with children. If you are in a position of authority/ trust/ responsibility/ have regular contact with u18’s off the pitch, you DO need a free volunteer WWCC.
Do I need a paid $80 check or free volunteer check?
The $80 check is only for paid workers. The Office of the Children’s Guardian stateIn determining if it is paid or unpaid we would consider a role to be unpaid where the worker is reimbursed for expenses connected to the duties i.e travel costs, out of pocket expenses etc.
Where a person receives aset fee for a set distinct set of duties is considered paid workand requires a paid check, regardless of the amount of pay
What is child related work?
Child related work is face-to-face contact with children in a child-related sector, or work in a child related role. When considering if you need a WWCC, ask yourself how much time you spend with children. If you are in a position of authority/ trust/ responsibility/ have regular contact with u18’s off the pitch, you DO need a free volunteer WWCC.
For details on how to apply for your individual Check, please see this information booklet.
Clubs: what you must do now.
1. Clubs must register as Employers so that they can ‘check’ the WWC Checks of all people in their club that need one.
2. There must be a register kept of all WWCC numbers
More information is here.
Being a Child Safe Organisation
The Working with Children Check is only one small component of ensuing children are safe in your environment. While a criminal record check can be an important tool in an organisation’s approach to being ‘child safe’, they can’t identify people who have not previously been caught or are yet to offend. Good child safe policies and practices are the best way to reduce potential environmental risks and keep kids safer. Implementing effective child safe policies and practices is the best way for an organisation to protect the children they are involved with.
A Child Safe organisation:
- develops Child Safe policies
- has a Child Safe code of conduct
- ensures effective staff recruitment and training
- understands privacy considerations
- has a plan for managing risk
- encourages children and young people to participate
- effectively deals with concerns or complaints about behaviours towards a child
- attends Child Safe Organisation training
The checklist provided by the Office of Children’s Guardian is a great way to get started in putting Child Safe practices into place and can be downloaded here http://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/working-with-children/become-a-childsafe-organisation
The following websites contain further information and resources to support Clubs and Associations:
Play by the Rules – Child protection strategies, online training and support templates and resources for Clubs
Office of the Children’s Guardian – Child Safe Sports information, resources and courses
SMARTPLAY – Sport safety and injury prevention
Cyber (smart:) – Keeping young people safe online
Keep Them Safe – A NSW government website dedicated to child safety
Australian Childhood Foundation – Advise on child protection and child abuse