Working with children

The department complies with Working with Children (Criminal Record Checking) Act 2004 to ensure a safe environment for children.

The Working with Children (WWC) Check is a comprehensive criminal record check undertaken for specified people working with children in Western Australia. The department recognises the importance of the WWC Check as being one element of child protection. The WWC Check aims to increase the safety of children in the community by ensuring people who have a criminal history that indicates they may harm children do not actually work with children.

Department staff and volunteers

The department ensures all relevant employees and volunteers are compliant with Working with Children legislation requiring that:

  • they obtain a check and provide a copy to the agency before commencing employment with the department
  • they maintain currency of the WWC Check to continue employment with the department in accordance with the Working with Children legislation.

The department do not provide information about individual staff member's Working with Children status to external organisations, nor do they expect their staff to carry their Working with Children cards at all times. Instead the department includes in its contracts with external organisations the assurance that all employees have sufficient qualifications and the requisite police clearances and Working with Children Checks.

Subcontractors to the department who are involved in child-related activities are also required to ensure that their employees possess and maintain valid Working with Children Check in compliance with the working with children legislation.

Legal responsibility

Legal responsibility for the protection of children from abuse rests with both the Department of Communities, Child Protection and Family Support and the WA Police.