Welcome to the Office of the Children's Guardian.
The Office of the Children's Guardian (NSW) is an independent government agency that:
- administers the Working With Children Check;
- encourages organisations to develop their capacity to be safe for children;
- administers a voluntary accreditation scheme for persons working with persons who have committed sexual offences against children.
The above responsibilities were transferred from the Commission for Children and Young People to the Office of the Children's Guardian on 15 June 2013. Further information about these responsibilities can be found on the Commission's website at http://www.kids.nsw.gov.auThe Office of the Children's Guardian also:
- promotes the best interests and rights of the children and young people in out-of-home care;
- accredits and monitors the designated agencies that arrange statutory out-of-home care;
- registers and monitors agencies that provide, arrange or supervise voluntary out-of-home care;
- authorises the employment of children under the age of 15, and child models under the age of 16, in prescribed types of employment.
- accredits non-government adoption services providers.
The Office of the Children's Guardian supports the Children' Guardian, Kerryn Boland, in the exercise of her functions. The Children's Guardian reports directly to the Minister for Family and Community Services and may also report to Parliament. The Children's Guardian is also accountable to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Children and Young People for her Working With Children Check and child safe organisation functions.
The NSW Office of the Children's Guardian is located at Suite 1, Level 13, 418A Elizabeth St Surry Hills NSW 2010 Contact Us
As Eye See It Photography Project - Online Exhibition
As Eye See It is an exhibition of black and white photographs by young people in out-of-home-care. Images taken by the young people and written work describing the pictures are on display at NSW Parliament House until 4 October. You can view the complete NSW online exhibition by clicking on the above image.
The NSW Standards for Statutory Out-of-Home Care
The Children's Guardian has streamlined the NSW Standards for Statutory Out-of-Home Care.
The NSW Standards for Statutory Out-of-Home Care are used by the Children’s Guardian for the accreditation and quality improvement of statutory out-of-home care services in NSW.
The Standards establish minimum requirements for accreditation as a designated agency and also provide a framework for continuous improvement in the quality of statutory out-of-home care services. See the Standards here
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Cooperative arrangements between the Children's Guardian, Ombudsman and Official Community Visitors
The Children's Guardian, Ombudsman and Official Community Visitors (OCVs) are committed to working with each other, and with agencies that provide residential out-of-home care, to promote the best interests of children and young people in residential out-of-home care.The Children's Guardian, Ombudsman and OCVs have separate, but related, functions in relation to residential out-of-home care services and children and young people in residential out-of-home care. Click here to download the fact sheet (produced by the NSW Ombudsman)
Guidelines regarding the removal of organs and tissue from a deceased child or young person in the care of the State
The Human Tissue Act 1983 was amended in 2009 to enable children and young people in the care of the State to be considered as eligible organ and tissue donors. Up until this amendment, the removal of organs and tissue from a deceased child or young person in the care of the State was not permitted - even where they had indicated this be to their wish and where the birth and foster parents consented to the donation. The Children's Guardian has developed procedures for Principal Officers of designated agencies to follow when they are contacted by a hospital to obtain consents for organ and tissue donation under the Human Tissue Act 1983. Learn more about Request under the Human Tissue Act 1983 to remove organ and tissue from a deceased child in the care of the State.