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The Working with Children Check (WWC) helps protect our students from harm by screening people who wish to work with children at the school. The WWC authorises a police check of criminal records and professional conduct and prevents those who pose an unjustifiable risk to children from working with or caring for them.

If you are doing, or intending to do child-related work and do not qualify for an exemption, you need a WWC Check.

To help you decide if you are doing child-related work, see Who Needs a Check?

Organisations need to:

  • determine which paid and volunteer workers require a WWC Check
  • ensure workers have a valid WWC Check, and
  • ensure new starters apply for a WWC Check before commencing child-related work.

The WWC Check is just a starting point. It screens a person’s criminal records and any reports about professional conduct by the bodies listed in What is Checked.

The WWC Check does not assess a person’s suitability to work with or care for children in a particular role. It is the responsibility of organisations to assess if a worker is suitable to work with children and continue monitoring their behaviour around children.

Organisations should be vigilant at all times by doing thorough reference checks and establishing sound, ongoing supervision practices so that children are safe from harm. For more information, go to Commission for Children and Young People.