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Major boost in support of a child safe NSW

18 October 2018

The NSW Children’s Guardian Janet Schorer today welcomed the NSW Government’s response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The response includes an additional $5.9 million funding for the Office of the Children’s Guardian to ensure organisations can be safer for children and young people.

“This announcement recognises the Office of the Children’s Guardian is helping to protect children through an integrated, prevention focused system that supports organisations and people who work with kids,” said Ms Schorer.

“This is an opportunity to enhance our important regulatory role and to provide monitoring, compliance, training and education programs to organisations can better identify and manage potential environmental risks to children.

“The announcement also endorses our approach to building child safe organisations, which are in line with the recommendations of the Royal Commission.

“It will enable a significant expansion of our child safe programs and support government to encourage kids to be more active and increase their participation in the community.”

Ms Schorer said the new funding was allocated by the NSW Government to go towards:

  • improving the safety of children in out-of-home care
  • implementing Child Safe Standards across NSW
  • additional Child Safe training to 72,000 participants
  • new resources to assist parents

“There are 1.6 million children and young people living in NSW who will spend a lot of time with a lot of different adults and different types of organisations as they grow up,” said Ms Schorer.

“We want every one of those organisations to be safe places for kids to be in and we all have a role to play.

“However the Royal Commission clearly demonstrated that parents and the community need to remain vigilant if we don’t want to repeat the mistakes of the past.

“The Office of the Children’s Guardian will continue to work with organisations and peak bodies across NSW to determine the best approach to supporting organisations to build capacity in child safety.”

Enquiries: kidsmedia@kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au