More than 5,000 staff across Western Sydney Local Health District who provide care to children have been asked to check – and if necessary update – their Working with Children Check (WWCC) by 31 March 2018.
“This is not only a legislative requirement; it’s important these checks are undertaken regularly so our community can continue to have confidence in our ability to provide safe and reliable health care,” said Julie Welch, Director Workforce, WSLHD.
The WWCC includes a national criminal history check and a review of any findings of workplace misconduct.
Valid for five years, clearance to work with children is portable and applies to any paid or unpaid child-related work in NSW.
Anyone who works with children for more than five days each year requires a WWCC. That includes most clinical roles and some corporate, administrative and maintenance roles.
Staff can check if their WCCC is still current or apply for the check online.