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Parents warned to check the Check!

Friday 29 April 2016

A new campaign to inform parents they need to check the Working With Children Checks of the tutors and coaches they privately engage is being rolled out by the Office of the Children’s Guardian.

Check the check: phone with text #parentscheckthecheckThe major community education initiative follows the 24 year jail sentence of a former maths tutor who had sexually abused five children in their own homes.

The #parentscheckthecheck campaign contains resources that can be downloaded and displayed and opportunities to report people who are suspected of operating under the radar without obtaining a Working With Children Check.

“Parents or carers who engage the services of a private tutor or coach have an important role to play in helping to keep their children safe,” said NSW Children’s Guardian Ms Kerryn Boland.

“Anyone who works face-to-face with your child in NSW must have a Working With Children Check clearance or a completed application in progress.

“The legislation considers a parent or carer is the ‘employer’ in a private arrangement so they need to ensure a tutor has a WWCC clearance before they start working with their child.

“Verifying that a tutor or coach is not barred from working with children in NSW is quick and easy.

“The parent or carer needs to ask their child’s tutor or coach for their name, date of birth and Working With Children Check number.

“They then go to online to kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/parentscheckthecheck  and verify the tutor or coach is not barred from working with children in NSW.

“Parents should also be aware that the Certificate for Self Employed People distributed under the old system would no longer be valid after their expiry date and the person will need a new Working With Children Check.”

Ms Boland said if anyone suspects an adult is providing services to children without a valid Working With Children Check a confidential report can be made to the Office of the Children’s Guardian.

Go to kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/parentscheckthecheck and complete the Report a Concern form or contact our customer service team on (02) 9286 7219.

Parents can also help to keep kids safe by sharing #parentscheckthecheck with their family and friends through their own social media networks.