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10 out of 10 – NSW Parliament passes Standards scheme to keep children safe

10 November 2021

NSW Children’s Guardian Janet Schorer has welcomed the passing in NSW Parliament of legislation that will embed the 10 Child Safe Standards recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in the Children’s Guardian Act 2019 to guide child safe practice in NSW.

The new legislation creates a Child Safe Scheme where certain child-related organisations will be required to implement the Child Safe Standards to improve the safety of children in their care.

In a media release from Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Alister Henskens said that there will be greater consistency in how organisations protect children in NSW.

'The Child Safe Standards provide a framework for organisations to create and maintain child-safe cultures, operations and environments," he said.

NSW Children’s Guardian Janet Schorer said the OCG will support organisations with the implementation of the Standards in ways that will be appropriate to their size, resources and the nature of their involvement with children.

'We will support all organisations to implement the Child Safe Standards, with capability building and support being the foundation of our approach,' Ms Schorer said.

Read the Minister's media release (PDF 229.1KB)