Who requires a Working with Children check?
Beacon requires that all of our business mentors and volunteers have a valid Working with Children (WWC) check (or the equivalent in their state) for the vast majority of Beacon organised and facilitated events. All eBeacon members are required to hold a current WWC check.
This means that in order to become an active eBeacon member you will need to follow the instructions detailed below for your state or territory, before you can become an active eBeacon collaborator.
Please note that you are required to hold a valid check for the state or territory that you reside in the majority of the time.
Do teachers require a Working with Children Check?
All teachers using eBeacon are required meet the WWCC (or equivalent) requirements as outlined in the relevant state page below.
Why are Working with Children checks required?
At Beacon we take our responsibilities around working with children in a safe, friendly and ethical environment very seriously. As you would expect, Beacon has a range of policies and procedures in place to facilitate and manage that interaction. It is crucially important that the welfare of the young person is paramount in our mind.
With recent events leading to the improvement and amendment of state based legislation and subsequent state education departments updating their policies governing working with children, the Beacon Foundation has reviewed and updated our working with children policies and the vast majority of individuals participating in a Beacon event are now required to supply a valid WWC check.
What is a Working with Children check (or equivalent)?
The WWC Check helps protect children from harm. It does this by screening people’s criminal records and professional conduct, and by preventing those who pose an unjustifiable risk to children from working with or caring for them.
There is no single national framework setting out the requirements for obtaining WWC Checks or Police Checks. Each state and territory has their own procedures and it is necessary to fulfill the requirements in the jurisdiction(s) in which you are working or volunteering. You will find information about what is required for your state or territory below.
Who do I speak with if I have questions about Beacon’s approach to Working with Children checks?
If you have any queries regarding Beacon’s current policies and approach to WWC Checks, please contact Beacon’s Chief Operating Officer, David O’Byrne firstname.lastname@example.org