This policy is current as at 23/09/2018 10:10pm, AEST. Please refer to policy library website (https://education.nsw.gov.au/policy-library) for an updated version.

Document history and details

Implementation Date

15/06/2013

Reference Number

PD/2005/0264/V07

Approval Date

14/06/2013

Superseded Documents

Working with Children Check Policy, November 2005 PD/2005/0264/V04

Document History

TAFE NSW is no longer a part of the NSW Department of Education however this policy and the accompanying implementation documents apply to both the department and TAFE NSW.

Changes since previous version

The Working with Children Check Policy, Procedures and related appendices (effective from 15 June 2013) is developed in accordance with the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 and takes effect following the implementation of the Child Protection (Working with Children) Regulation 2013.
These documents will implement the Working with Children Check (WWCC) process, which provides better protection for children and is more efficient. It is also consistent with other state and territory checks.
Under the WWCC process, people who are seeking to be employed or engaged in child-related work in the department are required to apply for and obtain a WWCC Clearance from the NSW Children’s Guardian.  Transitional provisions for existing workers in child-related work apply.
The policy and procedures outline the processes, which include:
*             Working with Children Check (WWCC) for child related-work;
*             A declaration that the person is not a “disqualified person”, to be completed by volunteers and contractors who will not ordinarily have contact with children for extended periods; and
*             National Criminal Records Check requirements for all paid employees of the department and contractors in the Assisted School Travel Program

Publication Data

Publicly Available

YES

Applicability

This policy takes effect from 15 June 2013 following the implementation of the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 and the Child Protection (Working with Children) Regulation 2013. This policy must be applied in conjunction with the Working with Children Check Procedures (15 June 2013). This policy outlines processes for conducting the: Working with Children Check (WWCC) for child related-work; and National Criminal Records Check requirements for all paid employees of the department and contractors in the Assisted School Travel Program to determine a person’s suitability for employment or engagement.* *Note: Employment or engagement may also be subject to other checks as prescribed in relevant legislation, industrial instruments or policy. This includes but is not limited to the conduct and service check; health assessment requirements; and verification of professional and/or academic qualifications. This policy applies to people who are employed or engaged (or who are seeking to be employed or engaged) in child-related work in the NSW Department of Education and TAFE NSW, in any one of the following capacities: as a paid employee; as a self-employed person or as a contractor or subcontractor; as a volunteer; as a person undertaking practical training as part of an educational or vocational course (other than as a student undertaking work experience); as a minister, priest, rabbi, mufti or other religious leader or spiritual officer of a religion or other member of a religious organisation.

Policy Groups

People

Leading and managing the school categories

Student welfare

Subject Keywords

wwcc, working with children check, working with children, employment screening, consent to screening, consent form, screening, prohibited employment declaration, prohibited person, prohibited persons, records check, criminal records check, child related employment, child-related employment, crimtrac

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