Child Safety & Protection

Who is required to have a DHS Working with Children Check

Every Club Member aged 18 years or older is required to hold a DHS (Department of Human Services) Working with Children Check.

For new Members joining from the 16th of November 2020, this will be a requirement to apply for a check during the joining process.

For current Members, this will be a requirement from the 1st of January 2021, otherwise participation in any Club activity will not be allowed until the check is complete. It is advisable to start the checking process as soon as possible so there is no delay to your participation in the Club.

To apply

Please see this PDF document for instructions.

FAQ’s

Why does everyone need a check and not just those working with children?

There are so many different activities in our club and you may have to work with people under the age of 18 at any time, whether it is members or the public.

Is the check free?

Yes, for all Club Members.

How long does the check last before having to reapply?

5 years.

Do I need to give consent for the check?

Yes. Where it is initiated individually, it is up to you to send the information through. When it is initiated by a Club Officer, you will still need to submit an application. Without this consent, the Club will not see any details.

What shows up on a check?

The check will only say whether a person is prohibited or not prohibited to work with children. No other details are released.

Can I check my own expiry date through the members portal?

Not at this stage. We will give feedback to SLSA to possibly enable this.

I have a police check, or teachers registration check. Can these be accepted?

Unfortunately not. SLSSA have mandated that the DHS check is the only one to be accepted by clubs (the DCSI check can be accepted if it is less than 3 years old).

How long do the checks take to process?

Usually they are received back within the week of application, but in some cases they may take up to 2-3 weeks. It is advisable to start the process without delay so that you can continue to participate in Club activities as of the 1st of January, 2021.

Is a ‘Nippers support person’ required to hold a check?

Yes.

Contact details for enquiries

E-mail wwcc@portelliotslsc.com.au