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    Working with Children Checks

    Over the last 12 months the  Child Safe Environments landscape has had several key changes.  One of these key changes is Screening, also known as Working with Children Checks (WWCCs) or Relevant History Assessments.  South Australia has introduced legislation titled Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016, that provides direction on the Screening requirements of those carrying out child related work.

    The Regulations for the Act have been released and will take effective 1 July 2019.  This requires all those in child related work, working with or likely to work with children will require a Working with Children Check (WWCC).  This check must be the one issued from the SA Government Screening Unit commonly known as a DCSI Check (now referred to as DHS Screening).

    Under this legislation SAPOL / Police Certificates or other National Criminal History Certificates are not a recognised form of screening.

    In the context of football, the meaning of child-related work and work with children is:

    • services or activities provided in the course of the operation of clubs and associations with a significant membership of, or involvement by, children;
    • coaching or tuition services for children;
    • This includes those aged 14years and over.  It will no longer be from age 18.
    • There are other elements that refer to exemptions, however the only profession exempt is that of a SAPOL or AFP Officer.
    • The Parent exemption is subject to several other factors, many common to football environments that voids exemption, therefore SANFL strongly endorses the screening of parent volunteers.
    • Screening checks for volunteers now free.

     

    So what does that mean for your Club?

    Your Club/League now must determine who is required to have a screening.

    The club will be required to maintain a record of all volunteers details and clearance information. The collection and storage of personal details must be secure and compliant with Australian Privacy Laws.