More scrutiny on child carers

22nd July, 2013 General News

Schools will soon be able to select from a greater pool of screened carers, but the South Australian Government concedes predators could still slip through.

The Government is getting on the front foot after the Debelle inquiry and recent bad publicity surrounding the rape of a young girl by an after school carer.

It is creating a new provider panel so governing councils can make better and safer choices about a larger pool of screened carers.

It is creating a new provider panel so governing councils can make better and safer choices about a larger pool of screened carers.

“We have to make sure we have the right protocols in place for those service providers to be held accountable,” Education Department chief Tony Harrison said.

But there is still no guarantee that potential sex offenders without a criminal history couldn’t slip through the net.

“Nothing is foolproof,” Education Minister Jennifer Rankine said.

International provider Sherpa Kids said its staff are screened to the nth degree, but if potential predators are smart enough, it is hard to stop them. It has welcomed new scrutiny and assures there are safeguards like never before.