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A screening assessment is an important component of taking a preventative approach towards the care and protection of vulnerable people in our community.

Screening of volunteers or employees is a measure taken by organisations to help prevent people with a known history of violent or abusive behaviour towards others gaining access to children and other vulnerable people through their work or volunteering role when engaged by the organisation.

In some circumstances, screening is necessary in order to comply with legislation or regulation. Where not mandated by law, the employing organisation determines whether to screen its employees/volunteers, and to what extent.  Sometimes human resources policies or contracts with third parties impose a requirement for personnel screening to be conducted.

Although it is a useful tool for risk mitigation, screening on its own is limited to identifying known perpetrators.  It is recommended therefore that organisations supplement screening with interviews, thorough reference checks, and policies aimed at maintaining a 'safe' working environment.

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