Welcome to the Working with Children Check Website Western Australia

The Working with Children Check (WWC Check) is a compulsory screening strategy in Western Australia and the Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

The WWC Check aims to protect children by:

  • deterring people from applying to work with children where they have a relevant charge or conviction on their criminal record that indicates they may harm a child;
  • detecting new charges and convictions of those people who hold a current WWC Card and preventing them from continuing to engage in child-related work where their criminal record and behaviour indicates they may harm a child; and
  • protecting children by creating awareness that child safety is a whole of community responsibility.

12 Sep 2018

There have been NO changes to the parent volunteer exemption. Support of the parent volunteer exemption continues, with many organisations recognising the important role that parent volunteers play by being involved in their children’s lives and helping to create child safe organisations. This exemption has also been endorsed in the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse, which has recommended that other state governments amend their laws to include an exemption for parents/ guardians who volunteer for services or activities that are usually provided to their children.

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