Who we are

Last update: 07 June 2024

Our key responsibilities are to:

  • promote the quality of child safe practices
  • regulate organisations and individuals providing services to children
  • educate employers and organisations about their responsibilities
  • monitor organisations and individuals to achieve ongoing, child-centred culture and compliance
  • facilitate sector-wide cultural change to achieve safe places for children.
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    Our purpose 

    We regulate and oversee organisations to uphold children and young people’s right to be safe.

     

    Our vision

    We influence and lead change by building capability in organisations to be child safe. 

     

    Our strategic priorities

    • Regulate, monitor and foster capability in quality child safe practices. 
    • Strong outcomes-oriented stakeholder relationships. 
    • An integrated child-safe authority supported by contemporary systems. 
    • A great place to work and make a difference. 

    Read more about Our Strategic Approach.

    Our work is guided by comprehensive policies and procedures.

    Our values

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    We are guided by our values of integrity, trust, service, accountability, respect and empathy. 

    Integrity

    We act with honesty and transparency with each other and the individuals and organisations we serve. 

    Trust

    We work together as one team for each other and the individuals and organisations we serve. 

    Service

    We are easy to engage with for each other and the individuals and organisations we interact with in creating child-safe organisations. 

    Accountability

    We are accountable for our own actions, transparent in our decisions and authentic in our behaviour. 

    Respect

    We respect ourselves, each other and the individuals and organisations we serve. 

    Empathy

    We listen with care to understand perspectives with each other and the individuals and organisations we serve. 

    Steve KinmondChildren's Guardian and leadership team

    Steve Kinmond OAM is Children's Guardian in NSW.

    Before taking up the position on 16 January 2023, Steve was CEO of the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) and before that was Deputy Ombudsman in NSW.

    The Office of the Children's Guardian is made up of business units that deliver services to the people of NSW. 

    The leadership team is: 

    • Steve Kinmond, Children's Guardian
    • Larissa Johnson, Director, OOHC Regulation 
    • Natasha Mewing, Director, Reportable Conduct 
    • Ricky Hennessey, Director, Reportable Conduct
    • Michael Rosmalen, Director, NDIS Worker Check 
    • Steve Gholab, Director, Working with Children Check 
    • Sharminie Niles, General Counsel 
    • Peter Crimp, Interim Chief Financial Officer
    • Melina Milojevic, Director, People and Culture
    • Vanessa Ford, Director, Strategic Projects, Child Safe Organisations
    • Nadine Woodward, Director, Strategic Projects, Child Safe Organisations
    • Helen Price, Director, Strategic Projects, Child Safe Organisations
    • Rosemary Gerardis, Director, Strategic Projects, Child Safe Organisations

     

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