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NSW Child Protection Legislation Changes and New, Interactive Working with Children Check Website

19 April 2010 No Comment

The NSW Commission for Children and Young People has recently launched a new, interactive working with children check website with updated information to reflect new laws with respect to working with children and young people. The new website follows a question and answer format to help people understand the requirements for the many varied volunteer/employment situations, as well as providing information for parents.The main practical change for volunteers is that the existing child protection declaration for working with young people 0-18 years – the Prohibited Employment Declaration also known as an ‘Attachment 4’ or ‘PED’ – has been replaced by a Volunteer/Student Declaration. The Volunteer/Student Declaration is available from www.kids.nsw.gov.au/check and is designed to be completed online and then printed for signing.

For those who have already completed an ‘Attachment 4/PED’ for their current volunteer position, it remains valid*, but for a new volunteer (from the 31st March 2010) the new Volunteer/Student Declaration* will need to be completed.

Another major change is that volunteers who mentor disadvantaged young people or provide for individual personal care for disabled young people now need consent to a ‘working with children check’ via an Applicant Declaration and Consent, instead of just signing the Volunteer/Student Declaration.

We encourage you to check out the new NSW Commission for Children and Young People website (www.kids.nsw.gov.au/check) which is now easier to navigate and provides ready access to further information and the forms mentioned above.

*Volunteers providing more intimate personal care will need to complete the new Applicant Declaration and Consent to continue to meet the requirements.

Other Helpful Links

New Laws for working with children –
http://kids.nsw.gov.au/kids/resources/news/mediareleases.cfm?itemID=4F7E1C85B2D4A6A60B9B5F1454993836

Latest updates to the Working With Children Check site –
http://kids.nsw.gov.au/kids/resources/news/workingwithchildrencheck.cfm?itemID=FF1FCF67E6872D5647EFD671DB5979C4

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