New online carers register helps protect children
The NSW Carers Register is a secure, online system that identifies and prevents unsuitable people from having children placed with them and ensures carers and adult household members in a fostering family have undergone the necessary checks, including the Working With Children Check.
Minister for Family and Community Services Brad Hazzard said the new online system helped welfare agencies better safeguard vulnerable children.
"Agencies can share information about existing and prospective carers - this cross-checking is an important safety check for protecting children in care as it helps prevent unsuitable carers from moving between agencies," he said.
Under the new register agencies can access information regarding:
- its own carers and their household members
- carers who apply to the agency for authorisation as a carer
- anyone who become a household member of an agency carer.
Individuals can access their own information in the register and request any corrections through the Office of the Children's Guardian.