Good Governance – Leadership Scrutiny

There may be times when good governance requires some of our leaders to undergo a higher level of scrutiny – such as those working in finance, correctional services, human resources etc.

While the Working With Children Check (WWCC) provides an opportunity to show potential issues, its scope is limited to any criminal history with children or other vulnerable groups. However, our church Leadership Teams work in many other areas of church and community life. Therefore, your church may wish to, or may be required by your policies to, conduct a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check on your Leadership Team members to help screen and make informed decisions about the suitability of individuals for certain roles.

The WWCC screening checks by the Department of Human Services (DHS) involve a specific risk assessment pertinent to engaging with children. There is no such risk assessment with the National Police Certificate, which is simply a record of an applicant’s proven court outcome history.

These criminal history checks are for a “point in time” (that is, the time of application and checking). Therefore, they are not automatically updated if an new offence occurs. The local church may wish to consider renewing the application when the term of a Leadership Team member is extended at an AGM.

As the National Police Certificate is independent from the WWCC, there is a cost involved in applying for one. But did you know that volunteers in our churches can get a reduced application fee through SAPOL? If you would like more information or to make a volunteer application for the National Police Certificate, please contact us on 8357 1755 or via

Note 1: These criminal history checks are not required by law and are separate to the with Working With Children Checks which are mandated for anyone over the age of 14 working or volunteering with children.