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Who we are

The Office of the Children’s Guardian was established under the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 to promote the interests and rights of children and young people living in out-of-home care.

On 1 March 2020, the Children's Guardian Act 2019 came into effect. Powers and functions of the Children's Guardian from the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 and Adoption Act 2000 were consolidated into the new Act.

In 2013, legislative changes expanded the role of the Office to be an independent government agency that works to protect children by promoting and regulating quality, child safe organisations and services.

Under our legislation, the Office of the Children’s Guardian:

  • accredits and monitors the designated agencies that arrange statutory out‑of‑home care in NSW
  • maintains and monitors the NSW Carers Register, a centralised database of people who are authorised, or who apply for authorisation, to provide statutory or supported out-of-home care
  • registers and monitors agencies that provide, arrange or supervise voluntary out‑of‑home care 
  • accredits non‑government adoption services providers
  • authorises the employment of children under the age of 15, and child models under the age of 16, in the entertainment sector
  • administers the Working With Children Check and encourages organisations to be safe for children
  • administers the Child Sex Offender Counsellor Accreditation Scheme – a voluntary accreditation scheme for persons working with those who have committed sexual offences against children.