Inaugural Working with Children Day kicked off on 1 July 2024

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The Working with Children (WWC) Screening Unit ‘Explore the Check’ on the inaugural WWC Day. 
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On 1 July 2024, the WWC Screening Unit (the Unit) celebrated the one year anniversary of amendments to the legislation by hosting its inaugural WWC Day.

The day kicked off with a ‘Ready, Check, Go!’ information session for 19 people from various sectors such as education, sport, health and religion. The session covered important information about the WWC Check and the wider child safety framework including who needs a WWC Check, how to apply, organisational obligations and supporting tools and resources.

At the conclusion of the session the participants had the chance for an impromptu one on one chat with some of the Unit’s Community Engagement Team to ask any additional questions.

Melanie Cope from Revival Fellowship stated “the session was a great – informative and engaging! Both presenters were lively, knowledgeable, and considerate, tackling all questions with ease. As the WWC coordinator at my church, I often face tricky queries about WWC Cards and the presenters gave me the knowledge and confidence to share the learnings back to my organisation. I’ll be back next year.”

The afternoon ‘Explore the Check’ session was opened by the Honourable Sabine Winton MLA, who highlighted that protecting children from harm is a priority for the State Government and that the WWC Check is one of the most powerful ways to ensure organisations are child safe.

In the afternoon, another 19 participants explored different aspects of the WWC Check and the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations, through facilitated small group discussions.

These robust and bespoke sessions provided insight into how various organisations have managed the amendments to the WWC legislation over the past year and the challenges different sectors experience when managing WWC Checks.

A big thank you to everyone who participated in the day, providing their valuable input and willingness to share firsthand experiences. This information will assist the Community Engagement Team’s upcoming stakeholder engagement activities.

Regular online information sessions and Ready, Check, Chats are listed on the WWC Eventbrite page.