People working or volunteering with children in South Australia must, by law, have a current Working with Children Check (WWCC).
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 was replaced with the Working With Children Check, as legislated under the Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016.
Key features 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
- WWCC are valid for 5 years
- A WWCC is portable across jobs and organisations, anywhere in South Australia.
More information about the WWCC is available on the DHS website.