The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) has invited submissions on its Issues Paper 1 –Working with Children Check.

The Society supports a national Working With Children Check (WWCC).

In our view, a national scheme would increase the safety of children, by applying a consistently high bar across the whole country. It would also be simpler for employers, by providing a high-quality, Australia-wide check. A national WWCC is one part of the wide cultural and legal changes that need to be made in order to reduce child sexual abuse in Australia.

The Society fully supports the Royal Commission in its work. We share the commitment to protecting children, as particularly vulnerable members of our society, and we appreciate this chance to participate in this conversation.

Past crimes against children will never be forgotten. We must listen to the stories of the survivors of child sexual abuse, and learn from these experiences. Through every means possible, including the WWCC, we must do better for the next generation.