Online tutoring is a service that provides often school-aged children with education support. Online tutoring can cover a wide range of subjects such as; History, English, Maths and even some hobbies like Pottery or Knitting!

No matter the subject you are choosing to teach online, if your students are under the age of 18 you will need to acquire a Working With Children Check (WWCC) to ensure safety for not only your students but their parents as well.

In Australia, if your work entails engaging with children and working with them directly, then you will need a WWCC. The Victorian Government website as well as all of the other states and territories provide detailed descriptions of what kind of work requires a check.

Private tuition and sports coaching are two examples of child-related work outside the more commonly known vocations such as childcare and teaching. So if you are someone who is interested in becoming a tutor you will definitely require a valid Working with Children Check.

Keep reading this article to find out what you need to know about applying for a Working with Children Check and tutoring, we'll go over the basics and learn why WWCC is a necessity when working with children.

Due to the Covid19 pandemic, there has been a sharp increase in demand for private tutors as many children have had to adapt to remote learning from home. For many parents, the balance of their own work-life and their children's education during Australia's many lockdowns has been a struggle.

However it is also difficult for parents to know that their children are safe online, so in terms of finding additional education support in the form of tutors, it is important to learn about Working with Children's Check.

In this article, we'll go over what you need to know about your application and what you can do to ensure the protection of your tuition students.

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What is a Working With Children Check in Australia?

In Australia, if you plan to find employment in an industry or field which involves working directly with children it is more than likely that you'll be expected to apply for and gain a Working with Children Check. It can be confusing understanding what kind of check you will need because it can slightly differ in each state and territory in Australia.

For example, it depends if you are plan to make an application for a Working with Children Check as an employee or as a volunteer. Someone who volunteers and does child-related employment will not have to pay for their WWCC, however if your child-related work is a form of paid employment this is when you'll need to put in an application for an employee check.

So if you are a volunteer sports coach who does not get paid for their time at your local netball or football club you would apply for a volunteer check. As a private tutor who charges for their services, this counts as paid employment and you would therefore need an employee check.

This is an important distinction to remember if you currently hold either a volunteer or employee check, you will need to make sure that your check is correctly aligned with your type of work. You wouldn't want to be working in a paid position and only hold a volunteer check, this kind of mistake can get you or your workplace in some trouble with the police!

Once you have a Working with Children Check it'll be valid for five years, it will also allow you to apply for other paid jobs which require checks for employees which is an added bonus on top of working as a private tutor.

If you are still unsure of what type of application you need, the Government websites for each Australian state and territory provide detailed information and questionnaires which help you determine what you need to do to be work ready and get your card and screening number.

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Ensuring Online Safety for Children

As someone who may not have that much experience working with children and are newly interested in the world of  tutoring you may be wondering why WWCC are so important. Ensuring the safety of children is now becoming more important than ever before as we navigate online safety as well as physical safety.

Many people today are constantly connected to an electronic device, myself included currently writing this article on a laptop with my phone right next to me! As we are ever more attached to technology and our devices so too are the younger generations.

Not all of the time, but some of the time children and young people can be left unsupervised with technology. This is where WWCC become increasingly important, especially if parents are planning to leave the room during a tutoring lesson.

Having a WWCC means that your students' parents will know you have gone to the effort to put in an application that has been accepted and checked via the proper and trusted government bodies.

The last thing parents would want to do is willingly leave their child online unsupervised with a possible stranger who doesn't have any qualifications or clearance to work with children. With Instagram, Tik Tok and YouTube already contending for children's time on computers, parents are certainly going to be looking for tutors that they know they can trust.

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Superprof: Private Online Tutoring

If you've made it to the end of the article and feel like you have a better understanding of what an application for a Working with Children Check entails and are still interested in becoming an online tutor let's talk about tutoring with us here at Superprof!

Remember that you can always head to your Australian state or territory government website to find more resources and get started on your application. You can learn more about being a tutor and the best video sharing platforms you can use in this article.

Now that we've covered that a WWCC is a requirement if you plan to make tutoring a paid form of employment, we can learn about what it's like to tutor here at Superprof. One of the benefits of working as a tutor means that you can work from the comfort of your own home. We've got a few other articles that cover the essential tools and skills you need to get started as a tutor linked here.

Working as an tutor also gives you allows you to offer classes to students who live in a different state or territory, just remember to keep in mind the time difference! Another benefit of choosing to tutor with us at Superprof is that you can easily create a profile that lets you showcase your skills, years of experience, hourly rate and more. All for free!

Once you've got a few students to work with it can be helpful to ask them to leave reviews, this way other parents who are looking for online tutors can check out your profile and read through reviews left by other happy students. There are a few different ways you can advertise your services outside of your Superprof profile, make sure to read through our other articles to find out more about getting started finding work and kids to regularly work with.

Reach out to friends and family and let them know that you've begun tutoring and direct them to your profile, and if you have any other friends who are interested in tutoring maybe you can support them through their WWCC application process after you've given it a go and started working!

One of your first steps before trying to find work is to attain your WWCC, so make sure that this is a priority. We hope you've enjoyed this article, make sure to check out our other articles about being an online tutor to learn more and get started today.

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Sophie

A lover of learning, Sophie is currently studying a masters and working part-time in Melbourne.