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Don’t skip the referee check

3 September 2019

Referee checks are vitally important when recruiting new staff. However we are aware they are not always happening.

When referee checks are done, the previous employer is not always being contacted.

Recent work history is usually very relevant. There may be valid reasons why someone doesn’t use their previous line manager as a referee. But in general we would expect they would be contacted.

Here are some useful questions to ask referees:

  • To your knowledge is there any aspect of the applicant’s behaviour, actions or activities that would make them unsuitable for working with children or young people?
  • Would you employ this person again?

Missing this information may mean employing someone who could negatively affect children.

Referee checks are just one part of keeping children safe. For more information see Child safe environments: principles of good practice by the Department of Human Services.