Back in June 2013 the NSW Commission for Children and Young People introduced a mandatory check for anyone who works around children, thus it was named the Working With Children Check (WWCC). So what does it involve for those working in the sporting industry?
In a nutshell, the Working With Children Check is designed to help keep our children safe. You may have seen this Check marked as ‘essential criteria’ on job ads relating to particular work that involves being with kids. And that’s because anyone starting a new job relating to children, will need to have passed the Check. And it doesn’t matter if this is full-time, part-time, casual or even volunteer work. And once you have passed, you can transfer the WWCC from job to job.
The Check gives you clearance to work with kids for five years – much like a Gold Driver Licence gives you permission to drive for five years – and involves a national criminal history check (convictions spent or unspent, charges either heard, unheard or dismissed, and juvenile records) as well as a review of any workplace misconduct. If you pass the Check but obtain a criminal conviction etc during the five-year period, you will be monitored and could have your clearance revoked. If you do not pass the Check, you will not be allowed to work with children for five years, at which time you will need to apply for a WWCC again.
Who is required to have a WWCC in the sporting industry?
Anyone at all who works with children, including if you work for a club, association, movement, society or other body of a cultural, recreational, sporting or community service nature that involves providing programs or services primarily for children. Even if you work as a coach or as a team manager, assistant coach or assistant team manager, for a sport or activity for children, it is considered child-related work.
However, the work is not child-related if it is work as a referee, umpire, linesperson or otherwise as a sporting official or a groundsperson, and the work does not ordinarily involve contact with children for extended periods without other adults being present.
What about existing staff or those who are volunteers/self-employed?
If you have been working with the business since before the June 2013 Working With Children Check commenced, or you are self-employed or a volunteer, the Check will be phased in per industry sector until 2018. Clubs or other bodies providing services to children (including sporting bodies and dance schools) were phased in by March this year (2016). You can view the phase-in schedule for the remaining sectors below.
Anyone who is doing paid work will need to pay an $80 fee. The check is free for:
- students over 18 on professional placement
- potential adoptive parents
- authorised carers (foster carers and other authorised carers of children in statutory and supported out-of-home care)
- adults who reside in the home of an authorised carer, a family day care service provider, or home-based education and care service provider.
Where to apply and/or get more info
You can get all the ins and outs of the Working With Children Check at the NSW Government’s Office of the Children’s Guardian.
Click here to apply directly.
Have you ever applied for a Working With Children check and/or do you employ people who require them? Share your insights in the comments section below.