Every person who enters the school is subject to the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 and the Child Protection (Working with Children) Regulation 2013.
The Working with Children Check Policy – WWCC – is a screening mechanism to prevent certain persons from engaging in child-related work.
Community volunteers as well as parents and close relatives must provide relevant documents to the school office before being in contact with children on school premises.
Requirements vary depending on the level of contact with children and the relationship of the adult to a child at the school.
Parents and close relatives must complete the WWCC Declaration for volunteers and non-child related contractors and provide government issued photo ID, showing full name, DOB and current address before volunteering as day-to-day reading helpers or excursion helpers.
Other volunteers who are not close relatives and have direct contact with children in the school must apply online for a Working with Children Check (WWCC) (paid or unpaid) through the Office of Children's Guardian and then present at a Services NSW Service Centre to receive a Working with Children Check clearance. The volunteer must then provide the Working with Children Check clearance, a completed WWCC Declaration for child-related work – specified volunteers and child-related contractors and government issued photo ID, showing full name, DOB, current address to the school office.
Parents volunteering on behalf of the P&C or are employed by the P&C must be screened and verified by the P&C. The president of the P&C is responsible for ensuring that these individuals comply with the legislation.
Parents who are visiting the school to attend assemblies, sports carnivals or open days do not need to provide documentation to the school.