Working With Children Checks

 

 

 

 

WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECK

 

Working with Children Checks aim to create a child-safe environment and to protect children and young people involved in our sport from physical and sexual harm. They assess the suitability of people to work with children and young people and can involve: 

  • Criminal history checks
  • Signed declarations
  • Referee checks, and other relevant background checks to assess a person’s suitability to work with children and young people

Under the Working with Children (Criminal Record Checking) Act 2004 those people whose usual duties of work involve (or are likely to involve) contact with a child (under 18) are required to have a Working With Children Check (WWCC).

Any volunteers who are involved with working with children (under 18) must have a current Working with Children Check and the affiliate must ensure that adequate records are being kept.

Touch Football WA advises all affiliates to visit the WWCC Website to gain a thorough understanding of the strict guidelines regarding Working with Children in Western Australia.

There are exemptions to the Working With Children Checks. Please visit the exemptions section in the link above.

If there are people within your Affiliate who are exempt from the Working with Children legislation, we recommends that a National Volunteer Police Check is requested before an individual commences working with children. As an added precaution Touch Football WA Affiliates may want to extend the request for a National Volunteer Police Check to other people involved in the Association who may not necessarily be directly working with children (i.e. committee members, Referee coordinators, coaches or administrators).

In addition, it is important to recognise that criminal screening is just one element of creating child safe environment. It is essential that references are thoroughly checked and Touch Football Australia’s Member Protection Policy is adhered to.

 

WHO REQUIRES A WWCC?

ALL volunteers, paid and self-employed individuals that carry out “child related work” 5 or more days in a calendar year.

 *Some exceptions do apply – see website for details http://www.checkwwc.wa.gov.au/checkwwc

 

WHO DOES NOT?

Volunteers under 18 years old

Parents of children involved in the club

 *Some exceptions do apply – see website for details http://www.checkwwc.wa.gov.au/checkwwc

 

FORMS, HOW TO APPLY?

Forms are available from Australia Post (not available to download and print off). They need to be  submitted in person at and Australia Post office.

You will require 100 points of Identification

 

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET THE CARD?

The length of time needed to complete a WWCC varies. The majority of cards are received in about two weeks. In the meantime the receipt is proof of your WWCC application.

Note: The WWCC is legislation; therefore there are penalties for volunteers and/or paid employees, who do not have a valid check.

 Visit the website for more information: http://www.checkwwc.wa.gov.au/checkwwc

 

RENEW PERIOD?

 You WWC is valid for up to 3 years. You will need to renew your check every 3 years

 

COST

  • $10.80 for Volunteers
  • $80.00 for Paid Workers

 

PLAY BY THE RULES

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. There are also many resources available to your organisation as well as online training.

 http://www.playbytherules.net.au 

OTHER RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR MEMBER PROTECTION AND CHILD SAFETY

The below list of documents can be found at the bottom of the page

  • Touch Football Australia Member Protection Policy
  • Touch Football Australia Behaviour Code
  • Department of Sport and Recreation WA - Guide to Member Protection for WA Clubs
  • Working With Children Card - Flow Chart
  • Safe Clubs for Kids Manual
  • Touch Football Australia Intorduction to Risk Management
  • Working With Children Checks: Information for the Sport and Recreation INdustry (DSR WA)
  • Working With Children Record Keeping Template

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