People working or volunteering with children in South Australia must, by law, have a Working with Children Check. A Working with Children Check is an assessment of whether a person poses an unacceptable risk to children. As part of the process, the Screening Unit will look at criminal history, child protection information and other information.
From 1 July 2019, South Australia’s child-related employment and volunteer screening will be replaced with a new Working With Children Clearance (WWCC), as legislated under the Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016. The introduction of the new legislation is being led by the Department of Human Services (DHS).
Key features of the new law include:
- anyone 14 years old or over will now require a screening, the previous minimum age requirement was 18 years.
- Only the Department of Human Services (DHS) Screening Unit can conduct and issue a WWCC.
- Individuals will be able to apply for a WWCC from 1 July 2019.
- WWCC are valid for 5 years instead of the current three years.
- A WWCC will be portable across jobs and organisations, anywhere in South Australia.
DHS has commenced a public promotion and education campaign. Members of sport and recreation organisations are encouraged to familiarise themselves with information available on the DHS website.