Working with children check

The Working with Children Check (WWCC) is a mandatory requirement for all people engaged in child-related work in a religious organisation within NSW.

Child related work (including voluntary work) is:

  • providing services for people aged under 18, and
  • where the work normally involves being face to face with children, and
  • where contact with children is more than incidental to the work.

No person can engage in remunerated or voluntary child-related work in the Diocese for which they are required to have a WWCC unless they have a current WWCC clearance. The Diocese does not permit people to engage in child-related work if they have not received a “cleared” status even if they have submitted an application for a WWCC. The Diocese recognises that this exceeds the current legislative requirements.

Parish WWCC Clearance Verifications

Parishes must obtain verification of the WWCC Clearance and record the following details in the Delegated Authority Register: Name, Date of Birth, WWCC Number, Status, Date Verified, Signature of Incumbent. A clearance must be obtained by each Parish for which the person undertakes child related work. New verifications must be completed if the person changes parish, works across an additional parish or in circumstances where the parish WWCC employer registration changes; for instance when a  parish merges with another.

Notification of Interim Bar or Permanent Bar on receiving a WWCC

Where a person, parish, ministry or church authority receives notification that a person engaged in child-related work in the Diocese has received an Interim or Permanent Bar on receiving a WWCC they are to notify the Diocesan Director of Professional Standards forthwith.

The Director of Professional Standards is to keep a record of all notifications and ensure that the Bishop is informed of any Interim or Permanent Bar being applied against a person.

Failure to renew a WWCC while engaged in child related work

Where a person, parish, ministry or church authority receives notification that a person engaged in child-related work in the Diocese has failed to renew a WWCC they are to notify the Diocesan Director of Professional Standards forthwith.

The Director of Professional Standards is to keep a record of all notifications and ensure that the Bishop is informed of any person engaged in child-related work who has failed to renew their WWCC.

Page updated – 02 September 2020