Working with Children Check

Working with Children Check

The Working with Children (WWC) Check helps protect children from physical and sexual harm. It does this by screening people's criminal records and professional conduct and preventing 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.

Organisations need to:

Melbourne determine which paid and volunteer workers require a WWC Check
Melbourne ensure workers have a valid WWC Check, and
Melbourne 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.


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