The Diocese of Lismore is committed to keeping children safe and implements a variety of practices to reduce potential risks as part of our strategy to build child safe communities.
A range of checks and undertakings are required for people who work for or provide services to Catholic Education in the Diocese of Lismore.
Working with Children Check
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.
The Office of the Children’s Guardian (OCG) is responsible for employment screening for child related work. The result of a WWCC is either a clearance to work with children for five years, or a bar against working with children. Cleared applicants are subject to ongoing monitoring by the OCG, and any relevant new records which appear against a cleared applicant’s name may lead to the Check being revoked.
The object of the WWC Act is to protect children:
Employers have legal obligations around working with children. It is against the law to engage anyone in child related work without a Working With Children Check.
If a worker or volunteer requires a Check, there are actions the employer must take.
The Catholic Schools Office (CSO) Child Protection Policy outlines the requirements of the CSO, Systemic Schools and employees will undertake in order to comply with the Act.
Who needs to apply for a Working with Children Check?
All applicants registering or applying for work in the Diocese of Lismore are required to undergo the Working with Children Check to meet current Child Protection Legislation in NSW.
There are several exemptions to the requirement to get a Working With Children Check, and these are set out in the Child Protection (Working with Children) Regulation 2013.
How to Apply
Complete your Working with Children Check application online by going to the Office of the Children’s Guardian website www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/check.
Once your application form has been completed online, you will be provided with an application (APP) number.
Take your application number along with proof of identity to a NSW Motor Registry, RMS Agency or Service NSW service centre.
Find Location at service.nsw.gov.au/service-centre
Paid workers will pay a fee of $80. For volunteers, the Working With Children Check is free.
You will receive an email once the Working with Children Check has been completed.