South African law emphasises the need to vet all staff members who come into contact with children.
There are three types of security clearances that must be undertaken by persons working with children:
South African Police Services Police Clearance Certificate (also known as a SAPS PCC);
Sexual Offenders Register Clearance; and
Child Protection Register Check.
The ISASA Policy Unit has drawn up a memorandum that outlines what is required of independent schools in respect of each of these clearances. The ISASA Employee Relations Manual also contains a section on steps to be taken if a staff member fails a clearance check.