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:
- Department of Family and Community Services
- Department of Education
- Ministry of Health
- Local Health Districts
- Ambulance NSW
- Statutory Health Corporations
- Juvenile Justice NSW
- Corrective Services NSW
Designated non-government agencies include:
- Non-government schools
- Accredited statutory out-of-home care service providers
- Designated voluntary out-of-home care service providers
- Agencies providing substitute residential care to children
- Approved Education and Care Services
- Affiliated Health Organisations
‘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.
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.
- Defining assault for the purposes of the reportable conduct scheme
- Child protection - notifying and identifying reportable conduct
- Making a finding of reportable conduct
- Reporting of progress and results of investigations
- State and Local government guidelines
- Child protection guidelines
- Child protection fact sheets