Working with children checks--time to step back?

Tilbury, Clare
January 2014
Australian Journal of Social Issues (John Wiley & Sons, Inc. );2014, Vol. 49 Issue 1, p87
Academic Journal
Screening the criminal history of people seeking to work or volunteer in child-related organisations commenced in Australia in 2000, and since then 'working with children check' schemes have expanded, largely without question. Every jurisdiction now has a legislated or administrative scheme, routinely checking the criminal histories of thousands of people to determine if they pose a risk to children. But in any regulatory regime, questions of effectiveness and efficiency arise. The main features of working with children check schemes operating in Australia are examined in this paper. Problems related to effectiveness, equity, and costs are identified. A better balance is needed between routine criminal history checks and other mechanisms for identifying and monitoring the risks posed to children by people who work with them.


Related Articles

  • Web Watchdog Parry Aftab's Battle Against Online Crime. Sandell, Laurie // Biography;May2001, Vol. 5 Issue 5, p92 

    Focuses on the prevention of online child molestation by Parry Aftab, head of the online service CyberAngels. Assistance of people to testify against molesters; Advice for parents to protect their children in cyberspace; Involvement of Afab in the approval of the Communications Decency Act in 1997.

  • 'Let the Daylight Shine,' Bishops' General Secretary Tells Attorneys.  // America;5/20/2002, Vol. 186 Issue 17, p5 

    Reports that Msgr. William P. Fay of the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops told diocesan attorneys that all sex abuse cases must be revealed before the crisis in the church is over. Possibility of directives from the Holy See for national standards in handling sexual abuse of minors and...

  • It's Your Body.  // Monkeyshines on Health & Science;Mar97 The Five Senses, p29 

    Offers children advice on what to do when somebody touches them inappropriately. Control that one has over one's body; Touches that are normal and acceptable to a person; Importance of telling somebody when someone one trusts touches one in a way that makes him/her uncomfortable.

  • Vatican Official Says Church Has Legal Tools to Address Sex Abuse.  // America;5/20/2002, Vol. 186 Issue 17, p4 

    Reports on the way that the Catholic Church will address clerical sex abuse. View of Archbishop Julian Herranz that the church has the legal tools it needs to address abuse; Criticism by Herranz of attempts to require church leaders to report all abuse accusations to civil authorities and to...

  • Situational Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse. Witt, Philip H. // Journal of Psychiatry & Law;Summer2008, Vol. 36 Issue 2, p339 

    The article reviews the book "Situational Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse," by Richard Wortley and Stephen Smallbone.

  • SEXUAL ABUSE AWARENESS AMONG CHILDREN: Very important. Chartdran, Bhanu // Woman's Era;Jun2017, Vol. 44 Issue 1045, p112 

    The article offers information on role of awareness of sexual abuse among children and also offers suggestion for guarding the child from being a victims of it. Topics discussed include role of parents as a guider of their children and teachers for their students, impacts of society to prevent...

  • GOOD TOUCH, BAD TOUCH. ROSEN-CAROLE, CASEY // Contemporary Pediatrics;Jul2010, Vol. 27 Issue 7, p66 

    The author calls on pediatricians to examine their office practice of examination and anticipatory guidance. She points out that abuse cases involving pediatricians may result from teaching children that only parents and doctors are allowed to touch them in sensitive places. She also describes...

  • Traumatic Symptoms in Sexually Abused Children: Implications for School Counselors. Brown, Sarah D.; Brack, Greg; Mullis, Frances Y. // Professional School Counseling;Aug2008, Vol. 11 Issue 6, p368 

    School counselors have a duty to formulate strategies that aid in the detection and prevention of child sexual abuse (American School Counselor Association, 2003). School counselors are charged with helping sexually abused children by recognizing sexual abuse indicators based on a child's...

  • Close, But No Cigar. Woodward, Kenneth L.; Kaiser, Robert Blair // Newsweek (Atlantic Edition);10/28/2002 (Atlantic Edition), Vol. 140 Issue 18, p89 

    Reports that the Vatican rejected the U.S. Roman Catholic bishops' plan for dealing with sexually abusive priests. Letter to Bishop Wilton Gregory from Vatican lawyers; Response from victims' advocacy groups; Criticism of the bishops' policy within the American church.


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics