WA Health Working with Children Check Policy

Applicable to: WA Health

Description: The Working with Children (WWC) Check Policy and Procedure provides for a number of new elements including:

  • the establishment of a five step process for all persons requiring a WWC check in WA Health
  • improvements to the WWC position flagging process for WA Health employees
  • development of a WWC process flowchart for employees.

In addition, guidance material has been updated to:

  • assist WA Health staff identify if a WWC check is required
  • clarify WA Health staff responsibilities to ensure compliance with the WWC Act.

WA Health Working with Children Check Policy

WA Health has a duty of care to provide a high level of safety for all clients, including children. WA Health will ensure that the wellbeing and protection of children is paramount in its decision-making concerning the acceptance or exclusion of persons from working in “child-related work”.

The Working with Children (Criminal Record Checking) Act 2004 requires that people who start or continue in “child-related work” obtain a WWC Check. The aim of the WWC Check is to help protect children by:

  •      deterring people from working with children where they have a criminal record that indicates they may harm children; and
  •      preventing people with such records who do apply for work with children from working in a paid or unpaid capacity.

The Working with Children (WWC) Check Policy and Procedure provides for a number of new elements including:

  •      the establishment of a five step process for all persons requiring a WWC check in WA Health 
  •      improvements to the WWC position flagging process for WA Health employees
  •      development of a WWC process flowchart for employees.

In addition, guidance material has been updated to:

  •     assist WA Health staff identify if a WWC check is required
  •     clarify WA Health staff responsibilities to ensure compliance with the WWC Act.

It is not acceptable for Health Services to adopt WWC check blanket policies whereby all, or a group, of employees are required to apply for a WWC check regardless of whether they perform “child-related work” or not.


Professor Bryant Stokes
A/DIRECTOR GENERAL
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WA

Date of effect: 01 September 2013

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