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Updated Child Protection Legislation

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Are you a member of clergy, religious, employee, volunteer or contractor working with children? From 1 March 2020, new legislation has commenced in NSW that may impact upon you.

From 1 March 2020, the Reportable Conduct Scheme will be transferred to the Office of the Children's Guardian from the NSW Ombudsman under the new Children's Guardian Act 2019.

The scheme monitors how organisations investigate and report on certain conduct (known as 'reportable allegations' and 'reportable convictions') made against their employees, volunteers or certain contractors who provide services to children. The scheme will also cover religious bodies, in line with recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission).

Also, on 1 March 2020, amendments to the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 will commence to expand mandatory reporter groups and provide greater protection for reporters. These amendments are also in line with recommendations made by the Royal Commission.

Resources

Letter from the Bishop

Template Letter

For leaders

Building safe foundations

Checklist for preparing ministry

Mandatory Reporting Responsibilities

Process for Leaders to manage reportable conduct

For workers

Building safe foundations

Persons engaged by a Diocesan parish or ministry

What is an allegation of reportable conduct

Mandatory Reporting Responsibilities

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