All midwives who provide primary maternity services under the Primary Maternity Services Notice 2007, have been required to undergo a safety check that complies with the Children’s Act 2014 (previously the Vulnerable Children Act 2014) at some point since 2015, when the legislation came into force. This is a requirement for making claims with the Ministry under the Notice, as well as a legal requirement for providing primary maternity services.
In order to maintain an ongoing authorisation to claim for services provided under the Notice, a safety check must be renewed every three years, prior to its expiration. It is a midwife’s responsibility to get her renewal process initiated early, to make sure there is no gap between the expiry of the old safety check and the beginning of the new one.
Authorisation to claim under the Notice will be invalidated if a safety check lapses. It can take up to 6 weeks for safety check to be completed so it is essential to initiate the process early.
The Ministry has some specific advice on renewing a safety check on its website. This can be found this at https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/health-workforce/childrens-worker-safety-checking-and-child-protection-policies/safety-checks-primary-maternity-service-providers, under the heading ‘Renewing a safety check’ or by searching ‘Renewing a safety check’ on the Ministry’s website (www.health.govt.nz).
If a midwife has had a check through CV Check, she can go directly to the CV Check website at cvcheck.com/nz and log into her account to initiate a renewal.
If anyone is unsure of when their safety check expires, they should check their records, or they can contact the Ministry to check by phone (0800 855 066, select option 2) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Alternatively if a midwife is, or has been, employed during the past 3 years she may have had a safety check completed through her employer, in which case, she can ask them to complete the Employee verification form.