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Aboriginal Deputy Children’s Guardian appointed

30 October 2020

Richard Weston will become the first Deputy Children’s Guardian for Aboriginal Children The head of Australia’s national peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, Richard Weston will become the first Deputy Children’s Guardian for Aboriginal Children and Young People in NSW.

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said Mr Weston, currently the CEO of Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC), brings more than 25 years of experience to the role.

“Mr Weston’s wealth of experience working in peak and Indigenous-controlled organisations has delivered significant social, health and economic outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities,” Mr Ward said.

“The Deputy Children’s Guardian role will strengthen oversight and enforcement powers in accrediting out-of-home care providers in NSW, to further improve the standard of practice across the state.”

Establishing the role within the Office of the Children’s Guardian was a key component of the NSW Government’s response to the Family is Culture report.

Children’s Guardian Janet Schorer said Mr Weston would be a strong voice for Aboriginal children and young people in NSW.

“Mr Weston’s appointment represents another opportunity to drive better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and communities,” Ms Schorer said.

“The role will develop and deliver policy, programs and services which affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and liaise directly with Indigenous peoples and communities.”

Mr Weston said he would bring energy and passion to the role, and would work hard to deliver positive outcomes for communities across NSW.

“I look forward to working with my new colleagues at the Office of the Children’s Guardian, particularly in implementing recommendations from the Family is Culture Review,” Mr Weston said. “This includes leading a new regulatory approach so that we can better support the out-of-home care sector to meet the needs of Aboriginal children and young people in care.”