1. Working with Children’s Clearance (also known as the Ochre Card)
Working with Children Clearance (WWCC) screening is a criminal and employment record check that ensures there is nothing in the applicant’s history which may constitute a serious risk of harm to children. The Department of Children and Families (DCF) pays all costs of the WWCC for carers.
2. Medical Check
A General Practitioner completes a written report and provides information on the applicant’s physical and emotional capacity to care for children. If there is a cost, carers can claim a portion through Medicare and the remainder can be reimbursed by DCF when the receipt is provided. DCF may require further medical information to ensure a carer’s wellbeing.
3. Criminal History Check
Police search their databases to determine if an applicant has a recorded criminal history against their name. If they have a history of minor offences, they may still be considered suitable to become a carer. The severity of the offences is taken into account during the assessment. This check considers different matters to those considered in the WWCC (Ochre Card).
4. Child Protection History Check
DCF conducts a check of its own records to ascertain if the applicant is a person believed responsible for maltreating a child. This information is collected during Child Protection investigations. A Child Protection History Check is not equivalent to having a Criminal History Check, unless the matter was investigated by the Police and the person was subsequently convicted by a court of law.
5. Physical Home Safety Environment Check
As part of the assessment, DCF conducts a Physical Home Safety Environment Check to ensure that the applicant’s home is a physically safe environment to care for children and young people.
6. 2 x Referee Reports
Applicants are asked to provide the names of two people who have known them for at least 12 months to be character references to assist in determining their eligibility to become an authorised carer.