To be part of any activity involving kids requires volunteers to be cleared with a Working With Children Check. The Working with Children WA website states:
The WWC Check is a compulsory screening strategy in Western Australia and the Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands for people who engage in certain paid or unpaid work with children, described as “child-related work”under the Working with Children (Criminal Record Checking) Act 2004.
The WWC Check includes a National Police History Check, but is different from a National Police Certificate because it involves the ongoing collection and assessment of information that is relevant to whether a child may be exposed to a risk of harm should a person engage in child-related work.
To do this you must go to a post office and pick up a form. (Unfortunately you can’t do it online.) The process is outlined here.
Once the form is completed and submitted you will receive a WWC card which will then allow you to participate in the activity you have applied for.
We do this because historically volunteer organisations (and churches especially), have been seen as ‘soft targets’ for predators and we want to be vigilant about protecting your children.
None of us enjoys the red tape and the running around that this process involves, but it does mean a higher level of accountability for volunteers and a higher level of protection for the most vulnerable.
Yanchep Community Church is also a part of ‘Safechurch’, a scheme that further seeks to maximise protection and minimise possible risk. Because of that some of the questions you will be asked to respond to will inquire about criminal history and the like.
All information submitted is kept in a confidential digital file and is only accessible by YCC leaders.
If you have any questions about this process then feel free to call YCC Pastor Andrew Hamilton on 0400044236.