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WORKING WITH CHILDREN ACT 2005 - SECT 10

Application for working with children check

    (1)     A person may apply to the Secretary for a working with children check to be carried out on him or her and an assessment notice to be given to him or her on completion of that check.

    (2)     An application must—

S. 10(2)(a) amended by No. 27/2006 s. 23(1).

        (a)     be in the form approved by the Secretary; and

S. 10(2)(b) substituted by No. 56/2007 s. 5.

        (b)     be—

              (i)     signed by the applicant; or

S. 10(2)(b)(ii) amended by No. 16/2010 s. 209(Sch. item 10.1(a)) (as amended by No. 26/2011 s. 34(Sch. item 10.4)).

              (ii)     if the applicant is not able to sign the application because of a disability within the meaning of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 , be accompanied by a statement from a registered medical practitioner certifying—

S. 10(2)
(b)(ii)(A) amended by No. 16/2010 s. 209(Sch. item 10.1(b)) (as amended by No. 26/2011 s. 34(Sch. item 10.4)).

    (A)     that the person suffers from such a disability; and

S. 10(2)
(b)(ii)(B) amended by No. 16/2010 s. 209(Sch. item 10.1(c)) (as amended by No. 26/2011 s. 34(Sch. item 10.4)).

    (B)     that the person is not able to sign the application because of that disability; and

S. 10(2)(c) amended by No. 51/2010 s. 5(1).

        (c)     include any identifying information of a kind approved by the Secretary; and

        (d)     be accompanied by the prescribed application fee.

S. 10(2A) inserted by No. 27/2006 s. 23(2).

    (2A)     The approved form must provide for the following particulars—

        (a)     the full name of the applicant and any other names by which the applicant is or has been known; and

        (b)     the date and place of birth of the applicant; and

        (c)     the gender of the applicant; and

        (d)     the residential address and telephone number of the applicant; and

        (e)     the type of child-related work in which the applicant is engaged or intends to engage and whether it is for profit or gain; and

        (f)     the name, address and telephone number of each person with whom the applicant is engaged in child-related work; and

        (g)     any other information in relation to the applicant that the Secretary reasonably believes is appropriate.

S. 10(3) amended by No. 27/2006 s. 23(3).

    (3)     The approved form is to include provision for—

        (a)     authorising the conduct (in connection with the consideration of the application and, if an assessment notice is given, from time to time while that notice remains in force) of a police record check on the applicant; and

        (b)     consenting to enquiries being made about the applicant to any relevant prescribed body (in connection with the consideration of the application and, if an assessment notice is given, from time to time while that notice remains in force) and authorising the disclosure by that body of any relevant information.

S. 10(4) inserted by No. 51/2010 s. 5(2).

    (4)     The Secretary may consider an application that does not include all the identifying information of the approved kind referred to in subsection (2)(c).

S. 10(5) inserted by No. 51/2010 s. 5(2).

    (5)     If the Secretary receives an application that does not include all the information required by this section, the Secretary may require the applicant to provide the information in the manner required by the Secretary within 28 days or any longer period that the Secretary determines.

S. 10(6) inserted by No. 51/2010 s. 5(2).

    (6)     If an applicant has included identifying information of the approved kind to the Secretary for a previous application for a working with children check completed within 5 years and 3 months before the current application, the Secretary may exempt the applicant from the requirement to provide any identifying information under subsection (2)(c).

S. 10(7) inserted by No. 51/2010 s. 5(2).

    (7)     The Secretary may approve any form of application and any kind of identifying information and must publish a copy of that form and that information on an Internet site maintained by the Secretary.

S. 10(8) inserted by No. 72/2016 s. 23.

    (8)     If an application specifies that the applicant is engaged or intends to engage in child‑related work described in section 9(6), that application is taken not to specify an intention to engage in child-related work for profit or gain.



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