Report 15

Working with Children Checks

Recommendations

The Department for Child Protection and Family Support should:

  • ensure the new application management system provides accurate information to support
  • the allocating and prioritising of applications. This information should include how many and how long applications are waiting to be screened and assessed
  • prioritise applications for assessment based on risk and how long they have been waiting to be screened and assessed
  • review staffing levels and capacity to more efficiently manage application processing and compliance monitoring
  • finalise assessment and decision-making guidelines, including setting timeframes for screening and assessing applications and issuing interim negative notices
  • take a risk-based approach to reviewing criminal record notifications received about working with children check card holders from July 2011 to mid-November 2013 to ensure they were appropriately actioned
  • work with WA Police to improve the matching of applicants between the two information systems
  • prioritise and target audits of employers based on risk
  • ensure all foster carers have a valid working with children check card or application in process.

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