Volunteers and Visitors
The school appreciates the support that many of our parents and members of the wider community provide in the education of the children. Regular volunteers at the School are required to complete a (NSW) Working with Children Check.
Appropriate relationships with children should be based on mutual trust and respect. To ensure the safety of all children in our care we require all those visiting the school to sign in at Reception upon arrival. This includes those who regularly assist with class activities. Once signed volunteers and visitors are required to wear the lanyard which identifies them.
Working with Children Check and Declaration
The Child Protection (Working With Children) Act 2012 requires people who have contact with children while engaging in regulated activities and services to register with the Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP). The requirement means that such people need to hold a Working with Children (WWC) clearance which is to be provided to the school.
If you anticipate assisting in the areas listed below you will need to have your WWC clearance:
- Class parent
- Assisting in activities within the classroom
- Working with small groups of students such as reading groups
- Assisting with excursions and the swimming program
- Any other activity requiring close contact with students.
For relevant information and online applications – https://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/child-safe-organisations/working-with-children-check
As a volunteer there is no cost involved in seeking a WWCC; it is a matter of completing and submitting the form. The school maintains a record of all WWC clearances for those people who require a WWC check in both the school’s administrative database and the NSW Working with Children Register.