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.

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 – 27 July 2020