The Standards are based on the extensive research and consultation by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. In accordance with the Children's Guardian Act 2019, Sport and Recreation organisations providing services to children are required to implement the Child Safe Standards, under the Child Safe Scheme (as of 1 February 2022).
Employees and volunteers in child-related organisations have an important part to play in creating child safe organisations.
Child Safe related videos
Introduction to the Child Safe Standards and the Child Safe Scheme.
About grooming - Information for child-related organisations.
Play by the Rules - Let kids be kids video.
While child safety is everyone’s responsibility, club committees must take the lead and put some important foundations in place. Help for club committees getting started.
For practical ways clubs can implement the Standards. Tips for club committees.
When it comes to child safety, it’s important to understand there are legal requirements in NSW for sport and recreation organisations, staff and volunteers. Learn more
The Working with Children Check (WWCC) is a requirement for anyone in paid or volunteer child-related work in NSW. Employers and organisations must verify the WWCC details of anyone they engage in child-related work.
The Office of the Children’s Guardian manage the WWCC in NSW. Learn more. More information about what parents need to know about the Working with Children Check can be found here. Parents can also verify someone’s WWCC details using the Service NSW app.
Keeping children safe is everyone’s responsibility. Changes to the Crimes Act 1900 in August 2019 strengthened the civic responsibilities of adults in NSW. It is now a criminal offence for adults not to report to police if they ‘know, believe or reasonably ought to know that a child abuse offence has been committed’. In addition, people employed in child-related work may be subject to a criminal offence if they fail to reduce or remove risk of a child becoming a victim of child abuse.
Reporting a concern about an individual child
In an emergency, where there are urgent concerns for a child’s health or life, call the police immediately by dialling 000.
Anyone who suspects, on reasonable grounds, that a child or young person is at risk of harm from abuse or neglect should report it to the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. More information can be found at Communities and Justice.
Mandatory reporters are required by law to report suspected child abuse and neglect to government authorities. Learn more about mandatory reporters and mandatory reporting at Communities and Justice.
Kids Helpline is a free, confidential counselling service for young people, and also adults working with and/ or supporting them. Contact them via online chat, email or phone (1800 551 800, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
Reporting a concern about an adult or organisation
You can report concerns about an individual or an organisation that you believe is not meeting Child Safe Scheme or Working with Children Check obligations at the Office of the Children’s Guardian.
Managing child related complaints
National Office for Child Safety - Complaint Handling Guide. Upholding the rights of children and young people.
Organisations are encouraged to share messages about how they are implementing the Child Safe Standards.
See the Office of the Children’s Guardian Child Safe Standards media kit for child safe posters, social media resources, graphics, sample messages and emails.
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News and updates
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