Children's Guardian's Expert Advisory Panel
Thursday 30 June 2016
The NSW Children's Guardian Ms Kerryn Boland today announced an extension to the recruitment process to establish a panel of high-level experts to assist with risk assessing potentially unsafe people who wanted to work with children. Ms Boland said the extension was implemented to allow for interested parties to respond to the opportunity.
"The new Working With Children Check Expert Advisory Panel would comprise members with expertise in a broad range of professional areas including child protection, cyber-crime, criminology, mental health, children's law and forensic psychology," Ms Boland said.
"The Working With Children Check is an important tool for keeping kids safe by excluding people with unsuitable backgrounds from child related roles in the community.
"The Office of the Children's Guardian conducts risk assessments for applicants who have concerning records and this process is detailed and comprehensive.
"The outcome of a WWCC risk assessment is either a clearance or a bar against working or volunteering with children.
"However making determinations regarding potential risk to children can at times involve difficult and challenging decisions.
"There are occasions where a high level of informed and specialist advice would help provide valuable and professional input into this process."
Ms Boland said panel members will provide advice under the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 on matters such as:
- research of relevance to assessing and predicting risk to children
- the impact on children of certain conduct
- assessing risk of reoffending and protective factors associated with violent and sex offending behaviour
- juvenile offending, domestic violence, and internet offending.
Should a barred person appeal, Ms Boland said expert advice may be shared with the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
More information about the Working With Children Check Expert Advisory Panel is available at www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/wwcc-panel.