A Working With Children Check (WWCC) is a requirement for people who work or volunteer in child-related work. It involves a national criminal history check and a review of findings of workplace misconduct. It is free for volunteers and lasts for five years. You can apply for one through the Office of The Children’s Guardian (OCG) HERE.

The safety, welfare and wellbeing of children are a priority concern for Swimming NSW. This Swimming NSW Fact Sheet is designed to help clubs and individuals understand their obligations under the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012.

If your committee has anyone who identifies as working with children (eg a coach or adult supervising overnight trips), please ensure they obtain a WWCC and that you VERIFY their WWCC. Verifying is simply letting the OCG know that a particular person who holds a Working with Children Check works for you. Doing this makes the link between the worker, employer and the OCG’s continuous monitoring system and means the OCG can tell you if a person becomes barred in the future.

It is important that you keep a register of all verified ’employees’ in a secure and confidential location. There is more information on how to verify HERE.