Your Responsibility for Professional Placement or Any Other
Professional Experience Activity
IMPORTANT: PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY
OBTAINING CLEARANCE CAN TAKE UP TO 6 WEEKS
As you may be aware, there is increasing concern in the community regarding people in positions of trust abusing or misusing that trust to harm those in their care or for whom they are responsible in some way. The sexual, emotional and physical abuse and neglect of children (that is, people under the age of 18) is of particular concern.
In response to these concerns, the State Government of South Australia legislated to amend the Children’s Protection Act 1993 in 2005 to include requirements for organisations to ensure all persons occupying, or acting in a prescribed position undertake a Criminal History Screening process to give clearance to work with minors.
In 2007, the Department of Families and Communities (DFC) developed the Principles of Good Practice to include a set of standards for organisations working with minors. From 1st January 2008, each person will be required to undertake a Criminal History Screening clearance process every three years.
It is now common practice for organisations who work with minors to require university students to undertake this same clearance process before accepting them on professional experience placement or any other professional experience activity.