assesses a person's criminal conviction history to determine whether they pose a risk of harm to the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable people when working or volunteering with them.
There is no legislative requirement for this type of screening, however, an organisation may require it as a condition of employment.
Vulnerable-person-related screening may be relevant for:
If there is a current clearance for any other type of screening there is no need to have a vulnerable-person-related clearance as well.
The Screening Unit provides a point-in-time assessment of risk, based on the information disclosed to it at the time of screening.
This information may be shared with the employing organisation.
If the Screening Unit assesses that an applicant may pose a risk of harm to vulnerable people, they will contact the applicant to discuss the matter before finalising the assessment.
Applicants have access to a review process in relation to this.
Employer organisations can conduct their own vulnerable-person-related screening.
An employee’s National Police Certificate can be used by the organisation to conduct their own assessment.