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Royal commission releases Working With Children Checks report

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released its report on Working With Children Checks on 17 August 2015.  The recommendations in the report aim to strengthen the protection children receive through Working With Children Checks in Australia.

NSW Children's Guardian, Ms Kerryn Boland, welcomed the report.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is undertaking important work and a great deal can be learnt from the findings to better protect the children of this state, Ms Boland said.

"NSW was the first state in Australia to bring in a Working With Children Check in 2000 and the Office of the Children's Guardian has already made several key improvements to the Working With Children Check in light of guidance from the Royal Commission. Notably, the Working With Children Check model recommended by the Royal Commission has many of the key features contained in the NSW Check."

"The royal commission's recommendations will be carefully considered. I support the Royal Commission's objective of achieving consistency across jurisdictions with Working With Children Checks and look forward to any future discussions concerning how such consistency could be achieved."

The report is available on the royal commission's website.