NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian Updates
August 17th, 2022
There are updates in three different areas regarding Working Witch Children Checks.
The Office of the Children’s Guardian has made some changes to the Employer Portal. It not only looks different, but some new features have been added including :
Anyone who is unverified, or has been barred from working with children, will not be shown.
If any child-related worker in your organisation is not on this list, you need to verify their Working with Children Check now. You will need to ask the employee for their full name, Working with Children Check number or Application (APP) number and date of birth.
To verify your workers’ Working with Children Checks you need to log into the Employer Portal and enter your workers’ details and select ‘verify’.
You can only engage a worker if their status is ‘cleared’ or ‘application in process’. There is more information about the different Working with Children Check statuses on the Office of the Children’s Guardian website.
Verifying your workers is the only way you can check the status of your workers’ Working with Children Checks. It is also the only way the Office of the Children’s Guardian can notify you if a person becomes barred from working with children.
You need to verify the worker when they start with your organisation, and then when they renew their Working with Children Check every 5 years.
Resources are available to help employers fulfil their Working with Children Check requirements.
The Office of the Children’s Guardian is holding a statutory review of the Children’s Guardian Act 2019. The focus for the statutory review is on areas that have not had recent review or consultation. Including:
Read more: For more information and to have your say.
Consultation closes: Friday, 19 August 2022.
The Office of the Children’s Guardians new Child Safe handbooks provide resources to help your organisation meet the requirements of the Child Safe Scheme and the Child Safe Standards.
Read more: Child Safe handbooks