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Working with children checks

27 August 2016

The Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Bill 2016 (PDF 157KB) will reform how we undertake working with children checks in South Australia.

A working with children check (WWCC) is an assessment of information relating to a person’s prior conduct to determine whether the person should be prohibited from working with children.

The Bill proposes significant changes to the way WWCCs are conducted, in line with recommendations from the recent Child Protection Systems Royal Commission report, providing the community access to a transparent and consistent regime for WWCCs.

The proposed changes will create a stronger legislative scheme, ensuring that a person who is assessed as being of high risk to the safety of children is prohibited from working or volunteering with them, and that it is an offence to allow this to occur.  It will also bring South Australia more in line with other states and territories, enabling progress towards a nationally consistent scheme.

 

Consultation

The child protection sector and the broader community were asked for their views on the Bill and the proposed changes to requirements for working with children in South Australia. The consultation period closed at 5pm, Tuesday 13 September 2016.