Latest News from the Office of the Children’s Guardian
Posted: Tue, 16th Apr 2019
Creating Safer places for 1.6 million kids in NSW
Regulating Child Safe Organisations – submissions now under review
In February this year, the Office of the Children’s Guardian released the Regulating Child Safe Organisations discussion paper outlining a model for the regulation of child safe standards in NSW.
By the end of the consultation period, we had received more than 50 submissions and almost 300 survey responses.
This feedback, along with what we heard in consultations with more than 50 peak bodies, government agencies and representatives in child-related work across NSW, will inform how we refine the model.
Working With Children Check details in your pocket
You can now have your Working With Children Check details with you when you’re on the go.
Service NSW and the Office of the Children’s Guardian are trialling a project to allow a secure and convenient way for you to view your Working With Children Check clearance number on a digital card in the Service NSW app.
You can join the trial by going to www.service.nsw.gov.au/wwcc-app
Child Safe resource showcased after swim school abuse allegations
The NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian helped support parents at a Mosman community meeting in the wake of child abuse allegations at a local swim school.
The event for parents of primary school age children was held at the Mosman Art Gallery in Sydney’s north on Thursday 4 April, hosted by North Shore Police Area Command.
Staff at the Office of the Children’s Guardian were invited to share resources designed to help young children understand boundaries and speak up about improper behaviour.
In the SAFE book series, characters Sam, Andy, Fiona and Eve learn protective behaviour messages designed for early primary school children.
Staff at the Office of the Children’s Guardian have run workshops on using these resources to over 5,000 teachers and professional carers across NSW since the books were launched in 2016.
The SAFE Series is one of 3 training programs offered by the Office of the Children’s Guardian to help organisations create safe environments for children.
The SAFE series program aims to empower young children to:
- know which parts of their body are private
- recognise safe and unsafe spaces
- build a network of trusted adults they can tell anything to
- talk about their emotions.
To find a free workshop near you, or to request one, go to: www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/childsafe-training