Employment-related child protection

Ombudsman's role in relation to employment-related child protection

Part 3A of the Ombudsman Act 1974 requires the Ombudsman to keep under scrutiny the systems that designated agencies and other public authorities in NSW have for preventing reportable conduct and handling reportable allegations and convictions involving their employees.

‘Designated agencies’ must notify us of all reportable allegations and convictions that arise inside or outside the employee’s work.

Designated government agencies include:

Designated non-government agencies include:

‘Other public authorities’ are only required to notify reportable allegations or convictions that arise in the course of the employee’s work.

We may monitor the progress of an investigation into a reportable allegation or reportable conviction if the Ombudsman considers it is in the public interest to do so and determine whether reportable allegation or conviction was properly investigated.

Reportable allegations and convictions

Information for agencies

Employment-related child protection notification and final advice forms

In cases where we placed a ‘Contact the NSW Ombudsman’s office’ flag against a carer's reportable allegation history in the Carers Register, designated agencies must request information from us before taking any action (including authorising carers). To request such information, please use the Carers Register – Contact the Ombudsman Request Form below.

Carers Register – Contact Ombudsman Request Form