A Vulnerable Sector Check is an enhanced Police Information Check developed to protect children and vulnerable persons and is governed by the Criminal Records Act. Vulnerable Sector Checks are used to verify if an individual has received a record suspension (formally pardon) for a sex offence and if an individual has had any relevant involvement with police.
Individuals entering into a role of responsibility are required to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Check when they are in a position of trust and/or authority over vulnerable persons:
- The elderly,
- Individuals with disabilities,
- Or any other circumstance that places an individual in a position of dependence on others or are at greater risk for victimization than the general population.
A position of trust or authority is more than just having contact with children or vulnerable persons. The nature of the position – not the person – must cause the person to have authority over, or trust of, children or vulnerable persons. Casual positions where occasional contact with children or other vulnerable persons can still require a Vulnerable Sector Check if the nature of the position leads children or vulnerable persons to have trust in the individual.
Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the organization or person responsible for the vulnerable person/people to request a Vulnerable Sector Check be completed. If you are unsure whether a Vulnerable Sector Check is needed for a specific position please consult with your employer, educational institution, or non-profit organization.