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After an investigation

The Office of the Children’s Guardian will consider the information you provide with your notification and may assess that:

  • the allegation does not meet the threshold of a reportable allegation or conviction (in which case you will be informed of this assessment and the reasons)
  • the allegation does meet the threshold of a reportable allegation or conviction.

If we assess that the notification does meet the threshold of a reportable allegation or conviction, we may assess that:

  • the investigation does not warrant ongoing oversight by the Children’s Guardian – in this case, you still need to conduct an investigation, but the Guardian might exempt you from some of the reporting requirements
  • the investigation will be the subject of general oversight by the Children’s Guardian
  • we require further information about the allegation or the relevant entity’s response
  • it is in the public interest for the Children’s Guardian to monitor the investigation
  • it is in the public interest for the Children’s Guardian to investigate the allegation or the relevant entity’s handling of the allegation.

If the Office of the Children's Guardian monitors a relevant entity’s investigation, it will indicate to the entity if it decides to do any of the following:

  • observe interviews conducted by, or on behalf of, the entity
  • confer with the people conducting the investigation about its conduct and progress
  • require further information relating to the investigation.

Once the head of an entity is satisfied that a reportable conduct investigation has been completed, they must provide an investigation report, known as the ‘entity report’ to the Office of the Children’s Guardian. This is a requirement under the Children’s Guardian Act unless the Children's Guardian has exempted the relevant entity from providing the report.

Once an entity report is provided to the Office of the Children's Guardian, the Reportable Conduct Directorate might assess that further information is required of the entity in order to determine whether the reportable allegation or conviction was properly investigated and if appropriate action has been taken. Otherwise, the Office of the Children's Guardian will provide advice to the relevant entity about its assessment of the investigation.

Keeping records and sharing information 

Fact sheet: Head of relevant entities responsibilities (PDF 906KB)