VOLUNTEERS IN DEPARTMENTAL SCHOOLS AND THE WWCC
In compliance with the NSW Government ALL Volunteers in the school are required to supply the School Office with a completed Volunteers Code of Conduct, Appendix 5, and 100 points of identification before the Volunteering commences. Some Volunteers will also need to supply a Working With Children Check (WWCC).
Volunteers considering transporting children to school events must also provide car registration papers and a current drivers licence to the School Office prior to the event.
What is a Working With Children Check (WWCC)?
The Working With Children Check (WWCC) involves a National Police Check (criminal history record check) and a review of reportable workplace misconduct.
The outcome of a check is either a clearance to work with children or a bar against working with children. If cleared, the check will be valid for 5 years, however applicants are continuously monitored.
Do parents/close relatives of a student require a Working With Children Check (WWCC)?
A parent/close relative of a child does not need a Working With Children Check (WWCC) to volunteer at the school their child attends except:
· Where the work is part of a formal mentoring program; or
· Where the work involves intimate, personal care of children with a disability.
Who is a close relative?
The term ‘close relative’ of a child is broadly defined in the legislation as including parents, step-parents (including a de facto partner), grandparents, step-grandparents, uncles, aunts, nieces siblings and nephews step-siblings. In the case of an Aboriginal person, a close relative may also be a member of the extended family or kin.
Do volunteers who are not parents/close relatives of a child attending the school need a Working With Children Check (WWCC)?
Yes. They must have a Working With Children Check (WWCC) clearance before they start volunteering at a school if they will have direct contact with children for extended periods.
Proof of Identity - 100 point check