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Stricter Checks On Child Workers
STRICTER controls on people working with children come into
effect in NSW today.
Those convicted of intentionally causing grievous bodily harm
to a child, along with sex offenders, kidnappers and child
murderers, are automatically banned from working with children,
even as volunteers.
The changes mean those convicted of the most serious crimes,
such as child murder or the production of child pornography,
may no longer appeal against bans from child-related employment.
The background checks may only be made when recruiting new
workers or volunteers, whose relevant criminal records,
apprehended violence orders and employment proceedings
will be screened.
Existing employees must sign a legal declaration that
they are suitable to work with children.
The new laws do allow some banned adults to have their
status as a "prohibited person" reviewed.
These generally relate to old offences, which by today's
community standards might no longer be considered serious,
such as consensual under-age sex between peers when the
prohibited person was no more than three years older than
In 2005-06, there were 29 people had their status reviewed
by the NSW Commission for Children and Young People.
Another 13 had their status reversed by the Administrative
Decisions Tribunal and one by the Industrial Relations Commission.
The NSW Commissioner for Children and Young People, Gillian
Calvert, welcomed the changes.
"The new laws provide greater clarification for what is
considered acceptable behaviour for working with children
and is in line with community standards and expectations
regarding whether a person is considered a risk to
children," Ms Calvert said.
Any review of a person's banned status would not be
granted lightly and only after a rigorous examination
by the Administrative Decisions Tribunal or herself.
Children Get More Protection
NEW laws allowing stricter background checks on people working with
children come into effect in New South Wales today.
The changes mean those convicted of the most serious crimes, such as
child murder or the production of child pornography, can no longer
appeal their ban from child-related employment.
But the new laws do allow banned adults to have their Prohibited
Person status reviewed.
The reviews will mainly apply to older offences, such as consensual
under age sex between peers, where the Prohibited Person was no more
than three years older than the child.
The NSW Commissioner for Children and Young People Gillian Calvert
has welcomed the changes.
But Ms Calvert says any review of a person's banned status would not
be granted lightly and only after a rigorous examination by the
Administrative Decisions Tribunal or herself.
The Daily Telegraph (2-1-2007)
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