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Everything To Know About Vulnerable Sector Check

Updated: Nov 4, 2022

Everything to know about Vulnerable Sector Check

1. What is a vulnerable sector check?

A vulnerable sector check is a police information check plus a check to see if a person has a record suspension (pardon) for sexual offenses. Individuals who work or volunteer with vulnerable groups are subject to vulnerable sector screenings as part of their background checks to make sure they will not pose a risk to these groups.

2. Who is considered vulnerable?

Individuals considered vulnerable are those who are either relying on others because of their age, disability, or some other circumstance, either permanently or temporarily, or who are otherwise at a greater risk of being harmed than the general public, such as children, the elderly, and those with disabilities.

3. What jobs require a Vulnerable Area inspection?

Teachers, health care aides, nurses, and daycare workers are some of the jobs that would require a Vulnerable Sector check. There are also some other positions that may require a Vulnerable Sector Check if they will have any contact with vulnerable people, such as drivers and cleaners.

4. Vulnerable Sector Checks

Vulnerable Sector Checks are level 3 checks and can only be conducted by local police. The process is as follows:

- The Vulnerable Sector Check application must start processing at a Local Police and the fingerprints will not usually be needed.

- If your personal information such as name, date of birth, and gender have a possible match with a pardoned sex offender, the police officer will require you to submit your fingerprints in order to eliminate this potential match. Otherwise, the Vulnerable Sector can be completed.

- In the case that the local police do not take the fingerprints themselves, they will issue you a fingerprinting request letter (which includes instructions and the address for the result to be sent back to) to the applicant to go to an Accredited Fingerprinting Agency, such as Frontier One Inc., to get the fingerprinting services.

- After your fingerprints have been collected and submitted to the RCMP, the fingerprint-based criminal record check results are immediately transmitted to the local police detachment that requested your fingerprints.

- The Police Service is responsible for ensuring the Vulnerable Sector Check is completed, based on the result received from the RCMP.

Vulnerable Sector Checks

The local police service to which a Police Information Check application is made will determine whether the individual's position requires a Vulnerable Sector Check. To conduct a Vulnerable Sector Check, the applicant must give written consent to the search by the local police. When determining whether or not a Vulnerable Sector check can be conducted, the decision is based on the position and not the person; therefore, detailed articulation of the position is very important. Organizations requesting a Police Information Check with a Vulnerable Sector Check must provide the following information:

- The applicant's role with the vulnerable person(s).

- Whether the applicant will have unsupervised access to vulnerable individuals

- The applicant's level of involvement/interaction with the vulnerable person(s), including the frequency of this involvement/interaction.

A level 3 Vulnerable Sector Check includes more information than a basic level 1 Criminal Record Check, including convictions, outstanding warrants, charges, judicial orders, and pardoned sexual offense convictions. This check does not include:

- Convictions under provincial statutes

- Local police contact

- Ministry of Transportation information (PARIS)

- Special Interest Police (SIP) category of CPIC

- Family Court Restraining Orders

- Foreign information

- Any reference to incidents involving mental health contact

- Diversions, (i) Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) information beyond the applicable disclosure period

- Any reference to contagious diseases.

To summarize, anyone dealing with vulnerable populations must pass a Vulnerable Sector Screening to confirm that they have no criminal record or pardoned sexual offenses prior to being hired. Fingerprints are not required for the check to be conducted by local police. If fingerprints are required in case of a possible match with a pardoned sex offender, the local police either take your fingerprints or ask you to have them taken at an accredited fingerprinting agency. For the completion of your Vulnerable Sector Check, please only come to Frontier One Inc. if you received a request letter from your local police department.


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