Christmas is fast approaching, and you’re probably getting ready to take the kids down to the local shopping centre to snap the annual picture with Santa Claus. He’s making a list and checking it twice but who checks up on the old fella in the red crushed velvet suit and the unconvincing beard?
A National Police History Check (NPHC) for employees and volunteers is fast, relatively inexpensive, and is a prudent requirement to have when employees or volunteers have contact with the public and with children in particular. Despite this, Santas are only being checked at the organisers discretion, since there are currently no state or federal laws requiring criminal background checks for your local Father Christmas.
You might be asking yourself why is a police check necessary and why would we want to cast a shadow upon a tradition that is so inherently positive and joyful. Bah humbug ya bunch of Scrooges you say? Surely these generous community members who don the red and white live up to the ideals of being ‘Saint’ Nick? Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
William John Graham Webster is remembered as Australia’s very own Bad Santa. In December 2012 Webster was accused of inappropriately touching girls aged between five and twelve in an Adelaide Shopping Centre, all within reach of their oblivious parents and ‘elves’.
fit2work is an accredited agency of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) and conducts Australian Police Checks by accessing the same criminal history database that all State Police use. A fit2work Police Check will reveal any disclosable court outcomes from police records nationally, subject to applicable spent conviction legislation in the relevant jurisdiction, and the application process usually takes less than 15 minutes.
A simple police check can potentially protect our kids, and help us find out if Santa’s been naughty or nice. We thank the elderly gentlemen in our shopping centres who are genuinely lovely men, who want nothing more than to share the joy of Christmas despite heat exhaustion, snotty kids and shattered knees. Without their efforts, Christmas would be slightly less magical.
Kelsey McDonald – fit2work Service Desk Manager
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