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Safe and supportive environment - child protection

A registered non-government school must have in place policies and procedures to ensure that it meets its legislative obligations in relation to child protection.

A number of Acts relate to child protection in New South Wales:

  • the Ombudsman Amendment Act (Child Protection and Community Services) Act 1998 which added Part 3A to the Ombudsman Act 1974 www.ombo.nsw.gov.au
  • Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 relating to the working with children check clearances for all persons at the school engaged in child-related work www.kids.nsw.gov.au
  • the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998  which sets out the responsibilities of Community Services with regard to child protection www.community.gov.nsw.au

A registered non-government school is responsible for knowing and complying with its obligations  under each of these Acts.

Evidence of capacity to comply

A proposed non-government school will have in place documented policies and procedures to:

  • ensure that staff who will have direct contact with students will be informed annually of their legal responsibilities related to child protection, mandatory reporting and other relevant expectations
  • ensure that requirements to notify and investigate allegations of reportable conduct in compliance with the Ombudsman Act 1974 will be made known to staff
  • ensure that the school will comply with the requirements of the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 in relation to working with children check clearances for all persons in child-related work at the school as required
  • ensure that evidence of working with children check clearances is maintained by the school for all persons in child-related work at the school as required under the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012
  • respond to reportable matters in accordance with legislative requirements
  • ensure that all staff who are mandatory reporters under the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 will be informed annually of their obligations and the process that the school will have in place in relation to mandatory reporting.
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