Working With Children Act 2005 update Aug 2017

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Working With Children Act 2005 update Aug 2017

Post by Marcus » Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:38 am

Working With Children Check Update 1st August 2017

Recently there has been a Change to Legislation to the Working With Children Act 2005
This will mean some changes to what the Department of Justice will look at when the examine applications and renewals
The became effective 1st August 2017

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse made several recommendations aimed at strengthening the protection children receive through Working with Children Checks. The following amendments to the Act implement these recommendations:
  • Expand the definition of ‘direct contact’ in the Act. The definition of direct contact now includes oral, written or electronic communication as well as face-to-face and physical contact.
  • Remove references to ‘supervision’ from the Act. This means that even if a person’s contact with children as part of their child-related work is supervised by another person, they will still need to apply for a Working with Children Check (Check).
  • Create a new occupational category of ‘child-related work’, known as ‘kinship care’. Family members or other persons of significance caring for a child placed by Child Protection under the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 are required to obtain a Check.
  • Ensure that non-conviction charges (charges that have been finally dealt with other than by a conviction or finding of guilt) for serious sexual, violent or drug offences are considered as part of Check assessments and re-assessments
  • Enable the Secretary to the Department of Justice and Regulation to compel the production of certain information for the purposes of compliance monitoring ... index.html

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