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Safer Recruitment

A key element of the Children's Act, 2014 has been the introduction of required safer recruitment procedures for people who work with children.

Children’s workers are those people who work with, or provide a service to, children:

A Core worker is someone who works with children and may be the only worker present or who has primary responsibly for or authority over a child or children present and is subject to specified convictions

A non-core worker a children’s worker who is not a core worker

There are now restrictions on core workers being employed or engaged with previous serious offences who may pose a risk to children. Theses are referred to as Workforce Restrictions

Regulations have been released with timeframes to ensure that staff have been safety checked. From July of this year all new ‘core children’s workers’ staff must have been safety checked under the new requirements, with all core children’s workers checked by July 2018. From July 2016 all new ‘non-core children’s workers’ must be safety checked, with all non-core children’s workers having been checked by July 2019.


Safer Recruitment, Safer Children

To support the legislation best practice guidelines have been developed to ensure that organisations develop procedures that are robust and effective. These guidelines explore how to advertise a position, the recruitment process, and how to assess a person's safety to work with children.

Further information is also available regarding Workforce Restrictions


Safer Recruitment, Safer Children 

Safer Recruitment, Safer Children is a guide to ensure the people working with children are safe to do so. It has been developed in partnership between Child Matters and Ministry of Education on behalf of the Children’s Action Plan Directorate. The guidelines provide a practical and easy-to-follow pathway for organisations to choose safe and appropriate people to work with children – also known as ‘screening and vetting’.

Safer Recruitment, Safer Children guidelines support the Children's Act, 2014 in which new regulatory requirements and legal minimum standards will be introduced to safety check all government-funded paid employees. The guidelines have been developed in line with international best practice in safety checking.

Click here to to download the guide.

Click here for the Vulnerable Children (Requirements for Safety Checks of Children’s Workers) Regulations 2015.




Application Form

Application forms are the foundation stone for good selection and an excellent way for gaining information about a candidate. This information can be checked out at a later time.

Application forms should be used in addition to a CV and in conjunction with a interview and reports from referees. This provides cross –checking opportunity which can indicate whether people are hiding anything – particularly about the reasons why they have left jobs, or what they were doing between jobs. These can be of the utmost relevance, as the issues may have a strong bearing on behaviour, personality and attitudes.

A candidate signs the application form agreeing that all the information supplied is the truth. A person who is prepared to sign such a form and who is not telling the truth, is probably not the person you are looking for.

Remember: The Privacy Act forbids you asking for information you don’t need.

Click here for the Sample Application Form


Further Resources

Click here for an update on Safety Checking of Children's workers

Click here for information on criminal history checks between Australia and New Zealand.

For more information on safety checking requirements download our factsheet

Visit the Childrens Action Plan website