What does the NSW Children's Guardian do?
Under the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998, the Children's Guardian functions are to:
- promote the best interests of all children and young persons in out-of-home care,
- ensure the rights of all children and young persons in out-of-home care are safeguarded and promoted,
- accredit designated agencies and to monitor their responsibilities under the Act and the regulations.
If you want to find out more about the work done by the Children's Guardian you can look at the Accreditation section of this site.
The Children's Guardian is also responsible for regulating the employment in NSW of children who are under 15 years of age for entertainment, exhibition, still photography and door-to-door sales, and children who are under 16 years of age for any type of modelling. We do this by:
- promoting the welfare of children and consulting with employers if specific safety and welfare issues are identified.
- investigating complaints and alleged breaches of the statutory provisions.
- helping to educate parents and people in the industry about the Code of Practice.
If you want to find out more please see the Children's Employment section of this site.