Working with Children checks

Working with Children requirements

Balgownie Junior Soccer club is committed to ensuring children at the club have a safe and fun environment. The WWC check, as an obligation to the Office of the Children’s Guardian, is one of the practical prevention strategies to reduce likelihood of harm and uphold our commitment to child safe.

The WWC check is a legal requirement for any person who is in child-related work. There are exceptions to this requirement as noted below.

Who requires a WWC

“Any person who is in child-related work – if the person has direct, face-to-face contact with children and is responsible for delivering or facilitating programs, activities or services to children”

> All paid workers must be checked prior to commencing work.

> All new and existing volunteers must apply between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016.


Exceptions – those who don’t require a WWC

> A parent, or close relative, of a child when volunteering in connection with a team the child is a member of.

> If providing administrative, maintenance or other ancillary services or if work does not involve contact with children for extended periods – for example: canteen workers, grounds people

> A worker under 18.


Balgownie Junior’s understanding of requirements

All coaches, including coaches of junior referees – are required to gain a WWC check, unless they are under 18 or are a parent of a team player.

If you are a close relative* that is helping out as a coach, you must notify the Registrar at the beginning of the season of your relationship to one of the players. The Registrar will assess if you are exempted from obtaining a WWC check.

*”Close Relative” – A spouse or de facto partner of the person; or a child, step-child, sibling, step-sibling, parent, step-parents, grandparent, step-grandparent, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew of the person.


Process for gaining a WWC – if required

This process must be completed by the volunteer – ie the coach or manager. The site has online guidance in completing an application.

http://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/working-with-children

Fill in the online application form and receive an APP no. when you have submitted the application online.

Make sure that you use the same name – including your middle name(s) – as shown on your driver’s licence.

Take the APP no. and some personal identification (e.g. a driver’s licence or a passport if you don’t drive) to the Corrimal RMS (or any other office). There is no fee as you are an unpaid volunteer.

After attending the RMS you will receive your WWC Number by email within approx. 2 weeks.

If you have any queries when completing the online WWC submission, please contact the Club MPIO Stewart Tait – mpio@balgowniejuniors.com.au


More information

Working With Children Check brochure

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are listed on the FNSW Working with Children Check webpage

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Balgownie Junior Football Club Incorporated ABN: 91 822 455 631
Clubhouse: Para Street, Balgownie
Postal address: PO Box 157, Fairy Meadow, NSW 2519