What is the Working with Children Check?
The Working With Children Check is a legal prerequisite for anyone in paid and unpaid child-related work in NSW. It involves a national criminal history check and review of findings of workplace misconduct.
The result of a Working With Children Check 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, and relevant new records may lead to the clearance being revoked.
Once you have done the Check, it can be used for any paid or unpaid child-related work in NSW for as long as you remain cleared.
Who needs to apply?
Everyone in child-related work (paid or unpaid) within the church as well as those who are in a position of “spiritual leadership” needs to apply.
For Beecroft Presbyterian this includes:
- Sunday school teachers
- Youth group leaders
- Crèche leaders
- Pressie Bees leaders
- SRE teachers
Note: This check does not apply to those under 18 years.
How do I apply for a check?
Go to the online application form. Click on the green “Apply for your Check” button and fill in the form.
If for some reason you cannot access the online system, you can either:
- call a Customer Support Officer of The Office of the Children’s Guardian on (02) 9286 7219 for assistance with your application; or
- call Courtney Chan at the Church’s Conduct Protocol Unit on (02) 9690 9321 and she will complete the online application form for you with your permission.
Before you apply please read the following information carefully so that you obtain the correct type of Check:
- You will be asked for your personal details, such as your name, address and date of birth. Please make sure these details are the same as they appear on your identification documents, such as your driver licence or other identification documents.
- Under “Purpose for Check,” you will be asked to select either “paid employee”, “self-employed” or “volunteer”. This concerns only your role within the Church and does not refer to any secular employment you may have. If you are in receipt of any kind of income from the Presbyterian Church, then you should select “paid employee” This includes scholarships, payment for supply preaching, stipends etc. Everyone else on the above list should select “volunteer.”
- Also under “Purpose for Check,” you will be asked to select a “child-related sector.” You must select “Religious Services.”
- Under “Confirm Identity,” you will be asked to select the documents that you will present to the NSW Motor Registry or NSW Council Agency. The easiest identification document is an Australian Driver’s Licence. If you do not have a current Australian Driver’s Licence, you can choose a NSW Photo Card or you can choose to present two alternative identification documents.
Once you have submitted the form, you will receive an application number that looks like this: APP1234567
The next step is present proof of your identity at a NSW Motor Registry or a NSW Council Agency that offers RMS services. To find a NSW Motor Registry office close to you go to www.rta.nsw.gov.au and click “Find a motor registry” in the list of quick links.
When you go to the Registry you will need to take:
- your application number, AND
- proof of your identity.
If you are considered to be a “paid employee”, you will be required to pay an $80 fee for a five year clearance. The Check is free for volunteers.
You will then be emailed or posted a letter from the Office of the Children’s Guardian advising you of the result of your Check. This letter will include a Working with Children Check Number which will look like this: WCC1234567.
The final step is to register with the Conduct Protocol Unit. To do this you must:
Note: If you have not completed the Basic Breaking the Silence Training run by Beecroft Presbyterian then you need to notify the Session Clerk immediately before you send in the form
- Copy the letter received from the Office of the Children’s Guardian that provides your Working with Children Check number; and
- Email or post both documents to Courtney Chan at:
Conduct Protocol Unit
PO Box 2196
Strawberry Hills, NSW 201
- Please advise the Session Clerk so that Beecroft Presbyterian knows your check is completed.