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Anyone who works face-to-face with your child must have a Working With Children Check clearance (or a completed application in progress), unless they qualify for an exemption. It does not matter whether they are paid, volunteering or self- employed.
This includes people that you may personally engage to work directly with your children, such as:
If you directly engage a person in child-related work, you need to verify their Working With Children Check number online before they commence work.
The process to verify a person online is quick and simple:
Please note if a person is barred, interim barred or not found then you cannot engage them in child-related work.
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As with other state and territory models, the NSW Working With Children Check allows parents to volunteer in activities that involve their own children without needing a Check. However, this is NOT a blanket exemption for all parent volunteers. If the work is part of a formal mentoring program or involves intimate personal care of children with a disability, the parent volunteer must get a Check.
There are only two exemptions for parent volunteers:
If the volunteering work fits either of these descriptions, the parent does not need to get at Check. For more information, see the Child Protection (Working with Children) Regulation 2013.
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