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Staffing For the Vulnerable Sector

Selecting the right employee is a challenging process, even more so for a job within the vulnerable sector. The Criminal Records Act defines vulnerable members of society as persons who because of their age, disability, or other circumstances (temporary or permanent) are in a position of dependence on others or are at a greater risk than the general public of being harmed by a person in a position of authority or trust.

Members of the vulnerable sector include children, senior citizens, individuals with physical, developmental, social, and emotional disabilities, or victims of crime or abuse. Individuals chosen to work in this field must undergo careful screening and scrutiny to eliminate unsuitable persons who might cause harm to the vulnerable people. The aim is to hire workers who will protect, operate with ethics, and abide by the law. Nursing homes, schools, camps, youth organizations, daycare centres, and hospitals are part of this industry. Staffing for the vulnerable sector starts off with what is called a Vulnerable Sector Screening, and covers the following:


The potential hire should demonstrate a caring and composed personality and possess strong self-control and conflict resolution skills. Hiring managers should pay attention to how the prospective employee reacted in the past in situations that called for the protection of charges using hypothetical scenarios. Candidates who come with strong references are key choices.


Effective training and information sessions are another effective way to bring awareness of the company’s requirements and expectations. Provide the laws and responsibilities in a written format. Getting regular feedback and opening clear lines of communication are vital in this area. Ensure that the proper channels are demonstrated so workers know where to report incidents without delay.

Criminal Background Check

The most crucial part of the vulnerable sector screening process is requiring candidates (as well as existing employees) to undergo a criminal background check. This reduces the risk of employing predators or people with a history of theft or fraud. This requirement should be ongoing to ensure that current employees who commit violate the law aren’t kept on the roster. Criminal background checks take three forms. The first is police background checks, name-based reports verified by two pieces of identification. The second is certified criminal record check, based on fingerprint identification. The third is vulnerable sector verification, which ties in the other two methods and determines whether there’s a criminal record or sexual offence conviction for which an individual has received a pardon. Identifying pardoned offenders can prevent any associations with vulnerable individuals. There are also instances in which spouses or partners of applicants are also required to undergo background checks before an individual can be hired.

If all these guidelines are followed, the risk of hiring unsuitable personnel will be significantly reduced. Proper supervision of employees is essential in maintaining a safe environment for those who need special care and protection.


– N. Johnson