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Child safety law in NSW

When it comes to child protection, it’s important to understand there are legal requirements for sporting organisations, staff and volunteers in NSW.  

Working with Children Check

A Working with Children Check (WWCC) is a requirement for people who work or volunteer in child-related work in NSW. It involves a national criminal history check and a review of findings of workplace misconduct.

The Office of the Children’s Guardian manage the WWCC in NSW.


Anyone who suspects, on reasonable grounds, that a child or young person is at risk of harm should report it to the Child Protection Helpline on phone 132 111, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or via Child Story.

If you believe a child is in immediate danger or in a life-threatening situation, contact the NSW Police immediately by dialling 000.

Mandatory reporters are required by law to report suspected child abuse and neglect to government authorities. Learn more at Family and Community Services

Laws differ between states and territories

Child safety laws vary between Australian states and territories. This is especially important to understand for sports teams and clubs who may travel interstate.

Play by the Rules has a useful guide to child safety laws across Australia.