Working with children checks
Important information regarding clearance checks for those working with children
Not long ago we moved from police checks to DCSI clearances and now more changes have come into effect regarding working with children. The new laws mean that, from 1 July 2019, everyone over the age of 14 working or volunteering with children must have valid child-related screening, which in South Australia is called a Working with Children Check (WWCC)
This will replace all the current systems across the state and mean that everyone, no matter which organisation they are involved in, no matter if they are employed or volunteer, will receive the same screening check. Volunteers will still be eligible for FREE checks.
This means the procedure you use to keep track of who is cleared and eligible to work with our kids is going to change again, and it will be up to each church to update its procedures and keep records up to date.
A key change is that checks will be required for everyone over the age of 14 who works or volunteers with children.
It is worth noting, similarly to when DCSI checks were introduced, there is a transitional time to make it easier for people to move to the new scheme. In most cases, if a person has a current clearance (excluding National Police Checks), it will be recognised and accepted until it expires, when they will need to apply for a WWCC.
Please familiarise yourself fully with all the details and changes at screening.sa.gov.au/wwcc.
For any further questions please contact our office.