At Girl Guides NSW & ACT the safety of our Members is paramount. For the Guides, this means that we always do everything we can to ensure that the children in our care are kept safe.
As a part of this larger mission we carefully observe our legislative responsibilities. Each Australian state and territory has its own working with children requirements.
Statement of Commitment
Girl Guides NSW & ACT is committed to creating child-safe environments that promote learning and enjoyment and is committed to the ten elements of child-safe organisations which have been identified by the Royal Commission:
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- child safety is embedded in institutional leadership, governance and culture
- children participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously
- families and communities are informed and involved
- equity is promoted and diversity respected
- people working with children are suitable and supported
- processes to respond to complaints of child sexual abuse are child focused
- staff are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children safe through continual education and training
- physical and online environments minimise the opportunity for abuse to occur
- implementation of Child Safe Standards is continuously reviewed and improved
- policies and procedures document how the institution is child safe.
Working with Children in the ACT
Pursuant to the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011, if you are 16 years or older, are working or volunteering with Girl Guides in the ACT and this involves interaction with people under the age of 18, you are generally required to have a Working with Vulnerable People Card. These cards need to be carried with you whenever you are in contact with youth as part of your involvement with Girl Guides in the ACT.
For volunteers, the Working with Vulnerable People Card is free, however should you require it for both your paid employment and your volunteer role, there is a fee. For up-to-date information click through to Access Canberra.
Working with Children in NSW
Working with children legislation has changed. Girl Guides NSW & ACT have reviewed our policies, procedures and fact sheets.
You can download our latest fact sheet and a decision tree to help you work out if you need a WWCC in your role with Girl Guides.
If you have further queries relating to child safety please call us on 02 8396 5200 or email our WWCC helpers here.