Working with children requirements

Working With Children Check

Employers have legal obligations around working with children. It is against the law to engage anyone in child-related work without a current Working With Children Check (the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012).

Services should ensure that they have systems in place to regularly check the currency and validity of Working With Children Checks for educators, volunteers and other staff. For family day care (FDC) services, the approved provider must also ensure working with children checks for FDC assistants and people aged 18 years or over who reside at an FDC residence (regulation 163). Educators under the age of 18 must be adequately supervised by an educator over the age of 18 at all times (regulation 120). Keep accurate records to ensure you continue to meet your obligations.

Information and resources can be found on the Office of the Children’s Guardian website:

Child protection training

Child protection training is an important way for educators to develop skills and knowledge to support and protect children who are at risk of harm, address educators’ duty of care requirements, and promote children’s rights and safety.

In NSW, nominated supervisors and persons in day-to-day charge must complete a child protection course approved by the NSW Regulatory Authority (section 162A of the National Law). Services also have ongoing responsibilities to ensure that the nominated supervisor and staff members at the service maintain up-to-date knowledge of child protection law and their obligations under this law (regulation 84 of the National Regulations).

For more information, see the department’s guidance on Child protection training requirements. This includes information on services’ child protection training and awareness requirements, approved courses refresher training, and considerations under the NQS.

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