Residential Care Worker Register

Last update: 13 April 2022

The Residential Care Workers Register is scheduled to commence on 18 July 2022.

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    The register of residential care workers who provide statutory or supported out-of-home care to children and young people in a residential setting has in part been a response to issues raised by the sector around the need to prevent unsuitable people from moving between services.

    The register will also align with the recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, that all state and territory governments should introduce legislation to establish a carer register to include foster carers, relative or kinship carers, and residential care staff.

    NSW already has a register for home-based carers for children and young people in statutory out-of-home care. The new residential care workers register will be in addition to this.

    The Office of the Children’s Guardian established a working group in 2018 with representatives from statutory out-of-home care agencies, the NSW Ombudsman, the Australian Services Union, and the Department of Communities and Justice. Through this working group, we have consulted on the functionalities of the register and on defining the cohort to be captured. We have also discussed the operational impact of the new register, and there has been significant support for its introduction.

    In parallel to the register build, we have been working with the Parliamentary Counsel’s Office to draft the Children’s Guardian Regulation. The Regulation was publicly consulted on in 2021 and is the first regulation made under the Children’s Guardian Act 2019.  The Regulation will mandate the operational requirements of the register and the sections related to this will commence in July, in line with the register going live.

    Guidance

    Guidance notes have been prepared to provide information on what this will mean for designated agencies and their workers.  These have been released to all designated agencies in draft form.  A summary of the documents is included below, along with a short explanation.  These documents will be finalised and published closer to commencement in July 2022. 

    Please send any enquiries about the Residential Register to residential-register@ocg.nsw.gov.au

     

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