MaintenanceIn the lead-up to the 2019 state election, the department’s website and other channels will operate in line with the caretaker conventions. This means there will be limited updates from 1 March 2019 until the election is finalised.

NSW caretaker period has commenced.

The caretaker period for the NSW Election commenced on 1 March 2019. Accordingly, no ministerial press releases or related information issued by the Government from 1 March 2019 will be available on this website.

For copies of recently issued ministerial press releases or information on the election policies of any political party, go to the website of the relevant political party.

Find out more about caretaker conventions

Become a child safe organisation

Organisations that involve children in their work should have a strong interest in keeping children safe in those environments.

Good child safe policies and practices are the best way to reduce potential environmental risks and keep kids safer in those environments. 

The child safe approach includes education and supervision of both paid and unpaid staff about appropriate and acceptable behaviours. 

The Office of the Children’s Guardian encourages organisations to use a range of responses to manage the potential risks in their individual environments, including meeting their Working With Children Check legal obligations.

While a criminal record check can be an important tool in an organisation’s approach to being ‘child safe’, it cannot identify people who have not previously been caught or are yet to offend. 

Implementing effective child safe policies and practices is the best way for an organisation to protect the children they are involved with.

A child safe organisation


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