Parents who privately engage tutors, supervisors, volunteers or coaches for their children outside of school should ask for their Working with Children Check (WWCC) number and verify it online through the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian.
WWCC numbers are valid for five years, during which time the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian monitor the criminal records and reports from professional bodies about the conduct of holders and any potential risk they may pose to children.
Jamon Thomas, from the Sydney Catholic Schools’ (SCS) Child Protection and Professional Services team, said that SCS ensures compliance with the WWCC laws for all staff, including contractors and volunteers.
“Verifying the WWCC is an important part of ensuring your child’s safety and assisting us in creating stronger and safer communities,” he said.
“The message for this year’s National Child Protection Week is ‘Stronger Communities, Safer Children’ and there is no better time to check your child’s tutor or coach has a WWCC.”
Mr Thomas said that while the theme emphasises the importance and value of connected communities in keeping children and young people safe, it is also a celebration of how our families, children, teachers and young people come together and play their part in building child safe communities in SCS.
“Our schools have effective and accessible child safe policies and preventive education programs, and regularly train staff, contractors and volunteers in child-safe practices. This proactive and holistic approach ensures our schools are safe places.
I encourage parents, carers, schools and community groups to back this worthy campaign,” Mr Thomas added.
For 27 years, the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) has been running this annual campaign aimed to provide communities with practical information on how to ‘play their part’ to promote child safety and wellbeing.
For resources visit: napcan.org.au