WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECK & PONY CLUB

 

What is Working with Children Check (WWCC)?

The Working with Children Check (WWCC) is a screening process that examines serious criminal charges, offences, findings of guilt and professional conduct determinations and findings related to the safety of children across a person’s lifetime.  

If you pass your WWCC, your check is valid for five years unless the department suspends or revokes it. The Check enables you to lawfully do child-related work for any organisation.  


Who needs a WWCC in Pony Club?

Any person over the age of 18yrs who:

  • regularly attends Pony Club activities
  • volunteers or works at a Pony Club
  • coaches at Pony Club at any time
  • officiates at Pony Club


Definition of "regular"

For the purpose of definition  “regular’ and ‘regularly” shall be deemed to mean three or more times over a twelve month period. 


Who does not need a WWCC in Pony Club?

The following don't need to have a WWCC check in Pony Club:

  • competition spectators & riders
  • come & try supporters
  • persons under the age of 18yrs


How does the WWCC work?

 

When you register with WWCC you should record on your WWCC profile all the organisations you work for or volunteer with.  If your check is suspended or revoked all organisations you have listed as volunteering or working with will be informed of your changed status.


Nominate Pony Club Victoria

When you register with WWCC you must nominate Pony Club Victoria and the club(s) you are volunteering or working for.  When you register with WWCC you get a profile and you can access this profile to add organisations you volunteer and work with.


VIT, Police and other industry check exemptions

Although the Working with Children Act 2005 provides for exemptions to Police Officers and VIT registered teachers. Pony Club Victoria requires people who hold an industry check to also obtain a WWCC, despite their exemption under the Act. 

The reason for this decision is that if a person holding an industry check, operating within Pony Club in a paid or voluntary capacity, commits an offence, Pony Club Victoria wants to ensure it is notified. 

The Department of Justice and Department of Education will be informed if your industry check is but without registration with WWCC Pony Club Victoria would not. As a result, this person who is a member of a Club could have committed an offence and still be interacting with children. 

For this reason, Pony Club Victoria requires all members over the age of 18 to have a valid WWCC nominating Pony Club Victoria and your associated Pony Club.


What is MyCheck?

As a cardholder you have obligations to maintain your information with WWCC.  MyCheck enables you to change your contact details update the organisations you volunteer with, reporting missing cards, update volunteer to paid status and other 

Find out more about your obligations as a cardholder


WWCC vs Police Check?

Wondering what the difference is between Working with Children Checks and Police Checks? 

 

 

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