Statutory out-of-home care and adoption fact sheets Fact sheets and resources 13 May 2020 COVID-19 home visits, carer assessment and authorisations, carer reviews, home safety inspections and face-to-face family time An update to information previously issued by the Office of the Children’s Guardian regarding home visits, carer assessment and authorisations, carer reviews, home safety inspections and face-to-face family time during the COVID-19 pandemic 23 Apr 2020 COVID-19 Home safety checklist for the provisional authorisation of carers (docx 129KB) Designated agencies must complete a home safety check before provisionally authorising a person to provide care to a child or young person in statutory out-of-home care. This checklist will help designated agencies undertake home-safety checks during the COVID-19 pandemic. 22 Apr 2020 COVID-19 changes to WWCC proof of identity requirements for authorised carers and adult household members As part of its response to COVID-19, the NSW Government has made temporary changes to the Child Protection (Working With Children) Regulation 2013 to make it easier and safer for foster carers and their adult household members to apply for a Working With Children Check. 9 Apr 2020 Children’s Guardian Act 2019 (pdf 235.6KB) Information for voluntary out-of-home care, statutory out-of-home care, and adoption agencies 1 Apr 2020 COVID-19 response update The NSW Government has progressed legislation to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation allows the Children’s Guardian to extend WWCC clearances, where appropriate, to help organisations continue to deliver critical services to children and young people. 19 Mar 2020 COVID-19 casework considerations The challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic are unprecedented and Office of the Children’s Guardian is committed to supporting statutory out-of-home care and adoption service providers respond to this health crisis and ensure the safety, welfare and wellbeing of children and young people, their carers and staff. 16 Mar 2020 COVID-19 Authorisation of staff to provide foster care during the pandemic (pdf 314.8KB) This factsheet sets out steps designated agencies may take to allow for staff to provide temporary foster care to children and young people only in the event of a severe staff or carer shortage as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 12 Apr 2019 Fact Sheet: Monitoring accredited agencies (pdf 140.7KB) Monitoring involves assessment of designated and adoption agencies throughout the period of accreditation to ensure that they continue to meet the requirements of accreditation. 12 Apr 2019 Fact Sheet: Assessment by the Office of the Children’s Guardian (pdf 168.2KB) Accreditation involves assessment of agencies seeking accreditation for the first time; accredited agencies commencing to provide out-of-home care or adoption services for the first time, and assessment of agencies seeking to renew accreditation. 20 Dec 2018 Fact sheet 6: Principal Officers (pdf 153.9KB) A fact sheet explaining the role and responsibilities of Principal Officers of designated agencies and delegations, under the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 and the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Regulation 2012. 14 Jun 2018 Continuing residence approval (pdf 154.7KB) Information for children turning 18 whilst in out-of-home care, authorised carers and designated agencies. 20 Sep 2017 Permanency planning information (pdf 173KB) Case planning, case review and casework that supports permanency planning and the NSW Child Safe Standard for Permanent Care 17 May 2017 Fact sheet 7: Record keeping requirements and Cloud-based technologies (pdf 150.4KB) The Office of the Children’s Guardian receives requests for advice from designated agencies about the use of cloud-based technology to store client files, in terms of meeting accreditation criteria and in particular, record security. Where cloud-based technology is being considered, a designated agency should carefully review the requirements of sections 168, 169 and 170 of the Act and Standards 7, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 22. 20 Aug 2015 Fact sheet 8: Designated agency behaviour support/management guidance tool (pdf 221.1KB) This guidance tool is for use by designated agencies to evaluate their behaviour support/management policies and procedures. Designated agencies are encouraged to work through the below criteria when reviewing their policies and procedures to determine components that may require further consideration, clarification or amendment. 21 Nov 2014 Fact sheet 1: Designated agency FAQs (pdf 203.4KB) Questions frequently asked by designated agencies about accreditation to provide statutory out-of-home care services. 4 Nov 2014 Changes to adoption law (pdf 210.6KB) Information for agencies about amendments to the Adoption Act 2000 and Adoption Regulation 2003 that came into effect on 29 October 2014.