People applying for jobs in the disability sector would have to pass pre-employment checks under proposed new laws to protect people with disabilities from abuse and neglect.
The proposed legislation, to be introduced into State Parliament by the Opposition, would require job applicants to pass relevant background checks and hold a valid “clear card” while they were working in the sector.
Opposition Leader Mark McGowan said the screening system would make sure people who had been convicted of abuse, violent crimes or other serious offences could not gain employment that involved caring for or supporting disabled people.
He said the changes included a formal reporting system for abuse and neglect that would bring WA into line with other States.
“Families of people with disabilities need to be sure their loved ones are in safe hands,” Mr McGowan said.
Source: Yahoo News