Latest News from NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian
Posted: Tue, 25th Feb 2020
Including the new Children's Guardian Act commencing 1st March; WWCC Renewals; and new proof of identity requirements in force.
Children's Guardian Act to commence 1 March
The new Children’s Guardian Act commences 1 March 2020, bringing together existing legislation under one Act, and expanding and strengthening the NSW Reportable Conduct Scheme.
Powers and functions of the Children's Guardian from the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 and the Adoption Act 2000 will be consolidated into the Children’s Guardian Act 2019.
The Reportable Conduct Scheme will be extended to include the religious and faith-based sector not captured under the existing scheme. This is in line with recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Understand how the changes will affect you
We are running a series of free, face-to-face seminars about the new Children’s Guardian Act.
- Increase your understanding of the new Act and how it will affect child-related organisations in NSW
- Build your awareness of the Child Safe Standards and understand how prevention is key to keeping children safe in organisations
- Learn the changes to the Reportable Conduct Scheme and what organisations need to do to comply with the new requirements
Is it time to renew?
A Working With Children Check lasts for five years. If you had yours done in 2016, it might be time to renew.
The education sector was rolled into the new Working With Children Check just over five years ago, which means many teachers will soon be due to renew.
The NSW Department of Education requires a cleared Check, which means teachers cannot work with an application (APP) number.
You can renew your Check three months before it expires and the renewed Check starts from the original expiry date - so you don't lose time on your Check by renewing as soon you can.
To find the date your Check expires, go to our website or download the Service NSW app.
New proof-of-identity requirements now in force
The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) has enforced new proof-of-identity requirements for anyone applying for or renewing a Working With Children Check. ACIC requires these higher standards to reduce the risk of identity theft and to further protect the safety of children.