Public submissions on Working with Children Checks

Public submissions on Working with Children Checks

The Royal Commission’s first issues paper on Working with Children Checks has attracted *55 submissions from around Australia so far.

A Working with Children Check is a pre-employment screening process to determine a person’s suitability to work with children.

Chief Executive Officer, Janette Dines, said the Royal Commission was pleased with the response.

“Some common views were expressed,” said Ms Dines:

They include:

  • the need for national consistency in the operation of the Working with Children Check
  • the need for more research to determine what elements of existing schemes are most effective; and
  • the need to consider the Working with Children Check as only one element in a broader framework for protecting children.

The Royal Commission is still seeking submissions on its third issues paper dealing with the creation of child-safe institutions. A fourth issues paper on preventing the sexual abuse of children in out-of-home care will be released next week.

Media enquiries: (02) 8282 3966 or media@childabuseroyalcommision.gov.au.

*55 submissions as at 5 September 2013

*76 submissions as at 12 September 2013