Child safety and working with children checks

Rouse Hill Anglican College is committed to providing education and care to children and young people to assist them to develop into high-achieving, supported students, positively connected to each other and to the communities in which they live and which they will serve.

The College is committed to ensuring the safety, welfare and wellbeing of all children and young people at the College and is dedicated to protecting them from abuse and harm.

At Rouse Hill Anglican College we have a zero tolerance for child abuse. The College regards its child protection responsibilities with the utmost importance, and as such is committed to providing the necessary resources to ensure compliance with all relevant child protection laws and regulations and to maintain a safe and supportive College physical and online environment for all children and young people.

Rouse Hill Anglican College has statutory Child Protection responsibilities under revised legislation which became effective on 15 June 2013. Under the Child Protection [Working With Children] Act 2012 [NSW] and the Child Protection [Working with Children] Regulation 2013 [NSW] the College can only employ persons (who will be engaged in child-related work) who hold a WWCC clearance from the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian. The College has determined that all employees (including practicum students) must hold this clearance. All Employment applications must confirm that the applicant holds the required clearance. Production of the WWCC letter will be required at any subsequent interview.

In addition The Anglican Schools Corporation requires all volunteers within their schools to undergo a working with children check. Volunteers who have already lodged their official working with children check documents with the College need only renew these checks every five years. The working with children check clearance must be completed before staff or volunteers are able to commence at Rouse Hill Anglican College. The Anglican Schools Corporation acknowledges that this policy goes beyond legislative requirements, however, it considers that the Working with Children Check Clearance is an important aspect of a broader approach to keeping children safe. 

Obtaining WWCC Clearance (Volunteer or employee)

  • Complete an online application form available at www.kids.nsw.gov.au/check
  • When submitted on-line, the applicant will receive an Application Number
  • Take this Number together with proof of identity to a NSW Motor Registry
  • An $80 (tax deductible) charge applies for a five year clearance. (Paid employment)
  • Volunteers do not need to pay for a clearance as they will apply for a volunteer WWCC and this is provided for free. Volunteers cannot do paid work with children using a volunteer clearance.

All employees, volunteers and practicum students need to hold the required clearance.

Identity Checklist

The College must also ask candidates to provide documents to support their identity. This must include original documents adding up to a minimum of 100 points as required by the 100 Point Check under the Financial Transaction Reports Act 1988. A range of documents can be used and a checklist can be made available.

Should you wish to raise concerns about child safety.

Rouse Hill Anglican College is committed to the highest standards of care for all students.

Should you have child safety concerns or wish to alert the College regarding staff or volunteer misconduct or reportable conduct it should be made in writing directly to The Principal and/or the Deputy Principal in his absence. This applies specifically for to matters about reportable conduct/ misconduct rather than other types of complaints. The Principal is the person with primary responsibility for reporting child protection concerns to the relevant authorities. All correspondence is treated with confidentiality.

Email: childsafety@rhac.nsw.edu.au

Any and all concerns or grievances of a general nature should be made via the front office.

Email: info@rhac.nsw.edu.au

Telephone: 02 88245844.

You will be directed to an appropriate person regarding the issue you wish to raise.

Internal policies and procedures regarding child safety and protection should be referred to by all employees at the College. These policies make clear the responsibilities all staff have to the care and wellbeing of students and their role in mandatory reporting.