The Working with Children (WWC) Screening Unit is undertaking a proactive advertising and awareness campaign to increase compliance of people in child-related work, protecting more Western Australian children in the process.
Four one-minute infographic videos have been produced to educate people about their responsibilities under the Working with Children (Criminal Record Checking) Act 2004. They will run on social media and digital advertising platforms such as Facebook and Gumtree, where people often advertise services such as child-minding, tutoring, coaching and children’s party services.
The campaign continues recent work done to examine 230 advertisements placed in newspapers and on Gumtree and Facebook by self-employed people in child-related work. The audit resulted in the removal of 52 advertisements following contact from the WWC Screening Unit and a further 32 were referred to the compliance team for investigation.
The WWC Screening Unit is part of the Department of Communities and is the regulator of the WWC Check in Western Australia and the Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands. This campaign serves as a reminder that it’s up to all of us to keep children’s safety in check.