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Under sections 107 and 110A of the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017, any person employed in a Children's Residential Facility (CRF) established or licensed by the Department for Child Protection must undergo a psychological assessment of a kind determined by the department.

Refer to the CE determination (PDF, 28.4 KB) for the kind of psychological assessment required.

See the Psychological Assessment factsheet (PDF, 508.8 KB) for an overview.

  • What does the psychological assessment involve?

    The assessment process involves psychometric assessment of the person as well as a one-on-one interview with a registered psychologist that has at least 5 years of relevant experience.

    Upon completion of the assessment, the psychologist will provide a statement regarding the suitability of the person to be employed within a Children's Residential Facility.

  • Who can provide assessments?

    Providers approved by the Department for Child Protection can deliver psychological assessments. A list of currently approved providers is available below:

    Approved provider Contact details Approval number

    PsychCheck Pty Ltd

    ABN: 81 612 838 472
    1300 56 56 30 PAAN001PsychCheck

    White & Associates Psychologists

    ABN: 96 385 649 513

    8212 1703PAAN001White

    To access and negotiate terms for the provision of psychological assessment services, contact one of these approved providers.

    Prospective psychological assessment service providers

    Organisations wishing to provide psychological assessment services may apply to become an approved provider by completing the Psychological assessment service providers application for approval form (DOCX, 105.1 KB).

    The form must be submitted to DCPPsychologicalAssessments@sa.gov.au.

    The DCP Psychological Assessments Team can provide assistance in preparing applications as required. For further detail on the application process, refer to the Psychological service provider application process flowchart (PDF, 104.9 KB).

    If you are approved to provide psychological assessment services, your details will be published on this page for access by licensed residential care facilities and organisations providing staff to residential care facilities.

  • How do I initiate the assessment process?

    Once you have selected an approved provider, an application for your psychological assessment approach will need to be completed and submitted to DCPPsychologicalAssessments@sa.gov.au.

    Upon approval, the DCP Psychological Assessments Team will provide you with useful templates, and discuss how you may go about identifying employees or applicants who have already been assessed and do not require further assessment.

    Licensed residential care facilities

    Operators of licensed residential care facilities can apply to have their psychological assessment approach approved by completing the Licensed residential care facilities application form (DOCX, 110.5 KB) and submitting to DCPPsychologicalAssessments@sa.gov.au.

    Operators will need to provide evidence of their assessment processes, as well as copies of their organisation's intended forms. The application form contains examples to help with this.

    Where seeking to use the services of a psychological assessment provider who has not been previously approved by the DCP Chief Executive, an application from the proposed psychological service provider for consideration by the Chief Executive will be required.

    Refer to the Licensed residential care facilities / organisations providing contract staff to residential care facilities application process flowchart (PDF, 9.9 KB) for an overview of the process.

    Organisations providing staff to residential care facilities

    Organisations that provide staff to residential care facilities can apply to have their psychological assessment approach approved by completing the Contract staff provider application form (DOCX, 111.7 KB) and submitting to DCPPsychologicalAssessments@sa.gov.au.

    Organisations will need to provide evidence of their assessment processes, as well as copies of their organisation's intended forms. The application form contains examples to help with this.

    Where seeking to use the services of a psychological assessment provider who has not been previously approved by the DCP Chief Executive, an application from the proposed psychological service provider for consideration by the Chief Executive will be required.

    Refer to the Licensed residential care facilities / organisations providing contract staff to residential care facilities application process flowchart (PDF, 9.9 KB) for an overview of the process.

  • After approval

    On approval, you may commence your psychological assessment process for job applicants (including volunteer applicants) and existing employees (including volunteers).

    You are required to conduct a pre-employment check with the department prior to assessing an individual, and must provide the department with details relevant to the outcome of assessment after an assessment is completed.

    Refer to the documents below for more detail on these requirements:

    The DCP Psychological Assessment Team can provide some support to you as you implement your psychological assessment processes - in particular, providing suggested templates and answering questions you may have about the process.

  • Are employees informed of their assessment outcome?

    Employees and prospective employees should be advised of the outcome of their assessment, as this will have sector-wide application and implications.

    The Department for Child Protection will receive information about each person assessed, including assessment outcomes, and may share the assessment outcome in connection with any employment (including volunteer positions), or application for employment, subject to these laws.

    When establishing procedures for notifying existing and prospective employees of their assessment outcomes, you should consider having appropriate support strategies in place. If a person is assessed as unsuitable to be employed in a children's residential facility, they may not be able to undergo a further psychological assessment for employment in a children's residential facility for at least 12 months.

  • How will psychological assessment be financed for contracted service providers?

    The Department for Child Protection will work with each licensed children's residential facility provider to assess the impact of any costs associated with the introduction of psychological assessment requirements.

    As a contracted provider, you will be asked to report on any psychological assessment costs incurred as part of the existing quarterly contract acquittal processes. This cost will be managed on a case by case basis, given the differing circumstances surrounding each provider's contractual arrangements with the department.

  • Key dates

    Persons employed in Children's Residential Facilities operated by the Department for Child Protection

    Section 110A of the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 commenced on 26 February 2018.The Children and Young People (Safety) Regulations 2017 provide a lead-in period for persons who are not an employee of the Department for Child Protection, subject to conditions. This lead-in period will expire on 6 September 2019.

    Persons employed in licensed Children's Residential Facilities

    Section 107 of the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 commenced on 22 October 2018.  The Children and Young People (Safety) Regulations 2017 provide a lead-in period, subject to conditions. This lead-in period will expire on 22 April 2020

Contact

For more information or support with the psychological assessment process and protocol, contact the Psychological Assessments Team

Phone: 8226 4213
Email: DCPPsychologicalAssessments@sa.gov.au