As this legislation does not does not apply in WA, it is important to understand obligations in this state, particularly around requirements and eligibility of parent volunteers applying for Working with Children (WWC) Checks.
A free Safe Clubs 4 Kids workshop will be held on 18 October, where representatives from the Working with Children Screening Unit will be in attendance. Click here for more information and to register.
WA Sports Federation urges people to be aware of the following:
- In WA the legislation says that a person must be in child-related work to be eligible for a WWC Check (see Fact Sheet 1: What is child related work). There are exemptions that apply which means certain people are ineligible to apply for a WWC Check.
- National policies cannot over rule legislation so, SSAs, local clubs and associations may feel confused.
- It is important to recognise that the WWC legislation in WA has not changed.
- To identify who requires a WWC Check, see page eight in the Working with Children Checks: Information for the Western Australian sport and recreation industry booklet.
- It is important to continue to recognise that criminal record screening is just one important element of creating safe environments for children but should not be solely relied upon. For further information about creating safe environments for children in sport, including information about the WWC Check in WA, you can view the Safe Clubs 4 Kids brochure and watch the Safe Clubs 4 Kids video series.
- WA Sports Federation partners with the Working with Children Screening Unit to assist members to understand the WA requirements and create safe environments for children and young people.
- On 15 December 2017 the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is due to present a Final Report covering its investigations to the Governor-General. The Final Report will make recommendations that aim to support and inform Australian governments, institutions and the general public in preventing and responding to child sexual abuse in institutional contexts.