Introducing the 'Working with Children Check'

In response to recommendations from two royal commissions, the South Australian State Government is introducing a host of changes around who can work with children.
 
One very significant aspect of this is the introduction of the Working with Children Check (https://screening.sa.gov.au/screening-process/new-working-with-children-checks).
 
This will affect 

  • All clergy

  • Lay people who ‘work with children’ 

  • People responsible for making decisions about a parish’s activities (all wardens and all members of Parish Councils).
     

From 1 July 2019 it will be compulsory for these categories of people to undergo a Working with Children Check.
 
The government has put in place interim arrangements. 

  • If you have a current Child-Related Employment Screening Clearance from Department of Human Services SA (DHS) (formerly DCSI), this will be regarded as a valid Working with Children Check until its listed expiry date up to 1 July 2020.

  • For people who have a current National Police certificate you have until 1 July 2020 to apply for the new Working with Children Check.


The existing diocesan Safe Ministry clearance procedures will continue for people who are not affected by the new Working with Children Check.

This includes

  • All volunteers that fall under"Category 2" 

  • Lay people who fall under "Category 1" but are not

    • Clergy

    • Lay people who ‘work with children’ 

    • People responsible for making decisions about a parish’s activities (allwardens and all members of Parish Councils).

New application process for people requiring a Working with Children Check. (Begins 1 July 2019)


We’re working hard to adopt a process that increases the speed and accuracy of processing safe ministry applications.

As part of this, from 1 July 2019, we are shifting to an online application process*. This move will allow us to provide more accurate records of the progress of your application, while better managing the work load of the Safe Ministry team, as we try to identify ways to be more efficient and cost effective, with a view to reducing the financial burden on parishes.

Parishes are encouraged to provide the necessary technical support and guidance to members of their congregation who don't have an email account and/or access to the internet. Alternately, many local council libraries offer computer assistance.

If your position requires you to undergo a Working with Children Check, the process from 1 July 2019 will be as follows:
 
Step 1.
Complete the online Safe Ministry Check form (you will be sent email confirmation that your application has been received) This will replace the diocese's existing "Category 1" application form
 
Step 2. 
The Safe Ministry team at Adelaide Anglicans will initiate a Working with Children Check with DHS
 
Step 3. 
DHS will send you an email with a link to the Working with Children Check online application
 
Step 4. 
You complete the form and submit the Working with Children Check application online
 
Step 5.

  1. DHS notifies you and the Safe Ministry team at Adelaide Anglicans, of the outcome of the Working with Children Check application

  2. When cleared, the Safe Ministry team at Adelaide Anglicans will contact you regarding Safe Ministry training 

Step 6. 
Attend and complete required training

*To apply prior to 1 July 2019, click here.
 

For those not requiring a Working with Children Check

Step 1.
Complete a Safe Ministry Category 1* or Category 2 clearance form (you will be sent email confirmation that your application has been received)

Step 2.
Complete a SAPOL National Police application form
 
Step 3. 
Send completed Category 1 or 2 forms to Safe Ministry team

  • For those who send the National Police check application direct to SAPOL; Once you have received your National Police certificate, please send either the original or a certified copy of the document to the Safe Ministry team 

  • For those requiring a VOAN number, please send your completed National Police check application form to the Safe Ministry team, ensuring that your certified proof of identity is attached

Step 4. 
When cleared, the Safe Ministry team at Adelaide Anglicans will contact you regarding Safe Ministry training 
 

Step 5. 
Attend and complete required training

*see above for criteria