Who we are

Last update: 08 February 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. 


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


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


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


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


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


    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 
    • Michael Rosmalen, Director, NDIS Worker Check 
    • Steve Gholab, Director, Working with Children Check 
    • Hardik Patel, Director, Corporate Services 
    • Sharminie Niles, General Counsel 


    The Director, Child Safe Organisations position is currently vacant

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