How the assessment works
It is the responsibility of the person who wants to work or volunteer with children to apply for the Working with Children Clearance, and ensure that it remains valid.
Members of a Screening Authority are appointed under the Care and Protection of Children Act by the Minister for Child Protection and are responsible for deciding whether to grant a Clearance Notice to a particular candidate.
To make this decision, the Screening Authority looks at all the information provided by the applicant, as well as at their Criminal History.
Applicants can offer further information and references to support their application at any time until the decision is made. When an application is successful, the applicant will receive a Working with Children Clearance Notice that will have their unique clearance number on it. They will also receive an Ochre Card, which can be carried with them as proof they are legally allowed to work with children.