A 61-year-old Cooloongup man has admitted to working with children after being issued with a Negative Notice that prohibited him from performing child-related work. He was sentenced on four charges to a term of imprisonment of six months (suspended) and ordered to pay $1641.20 in costs in the Rockingham Magistrates Court.

Mr Ian Stewart McKie taught children first aid at several locations in the southern suburbs of Perth between May and July 2019, despite having been issued with a Negative Notice in September 2017.

In sentencing, Magistrate Atkins commented that it was essential for the public to have confidence in the Working with Children Check system, and that no penalty other than imprisonment was appropriate.

Department of Communities Acting Assistant Director General – Commissioning and Sector Engagement Brad Jolly said Working with Children Checks represented a critical system designed to promote child safety.

“Once a Negative Notice is issued to a person, they must not carry on with child-related work,” Mr Jolly said.

“This matter should serve as a warning to those persons issued with a Negative Notice not to undertake any child-related work.

“I encourage parents, guardians and organisations, when engaging a self-employed person to do child-related work, to ask to see their Working with Children Card.”

You can obtain more information about Working With Children Checks and check the validity of a WWC card by doing a search on the Working With Children Check website www.workingwithchildren.wa.gov.au.


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