WSLHD re: Working with Children Check



WSLHD has recently written to ASMOF advising that the NSW Ministry of Health requires all WSLHD employees who are in child related positions, to obtain a Working with Children Check (WWCC) by 31 October 2017.

Members should be aware that this is not a new workplace requirement for staff in child related work. The WWCC is a state based legislative requirement which commenced on 15 June 2013 and is managed by The Office of Children’s Guardian for anyone in child related work in NSW.

The Office of the Children’s Guardian has notified WSLHD that all of the identified staff that require a WWCC but do not yet have one, will be required to obtain a WWCC clearance between 1 July 2017 and 31 October 2017. So in the coming weeks, staff who require a WWCC in WSLHD should expect to receive correspondence from WSLHD to remind them of their obligation to obtain the WWCC with the Office of Children’s Guardian.

This means NSW Health employees in child related positions will be required to apply online to Service NSW to obtain a WWCC Clearance number, which the WWC Project Team will verify and send to HealthShare to update their staff link profile. The WWCC will cost employees $80 (except volunteers) and is valid for 5 years.

Staff who have already obtained their WWCC will also need to produce evidence of this to WSLHD.

For more information on the WWCC members can refer to the NSW Health Policy Directive 2016_047 Employment Checks – Criminal Record Checks and Working with Children Checks or contact ASMOF with any queries.