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Don’t forget working with children checks

6 July 2020

During a pandemic there’s a lot to keep up with. So it’s possible for things to fall through the cracks.

However, ensuring all staff and volunteers have a current working with children check (WWCC) is vital. It’s a legal requirement, and it helps to keep children safe in our community.

From 1 July 2020, organisations will no longer be able to assess a National Police Certificate to allow people to work or volunteer with children in South Australia. They need a WWCC.

Engaging educators or other staff to work with children without a valid WWCC is an offence.

Please ensure your staff and volunteers have the correct clearance.

Volunteers will not need a WWCC if:

  • they are a parent or guardian volunteering with their own child (for example, at school) and
  • they do not have close personal contact with other children or take part in an organised overnight event (such as a school camp).

Full details, including applications for a WWCC, are available on the Department of Human Services (DHS) website. Or call the DHS Screening Unit on 1300 321 592 with any general enquiries.