Saturday, 6 June 2015

New South Wales campaign to protect children from violent offenders

"A WOMAN on parole for a bashing murder. A man convicted of incest against his 14-year-old daughter. A swimming coach who fondled boys in a public toilet."
"These are some of the convicted criminals, including rapists, paedophiles and killers, who have been awarded a Working With Children Check (WWCC) over the past 12 months, despite being deemed unsafe to work with children by the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian."

"After being rejected by the Children’s Guardian, the disqualified applicants took their cases to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT), which overturned their cases on appeal."

"The Sunday Telegraph today launches a campaign to protect our children from violent offenders and ensure the Children’s Guardian can do its job without interference."

"Our analysis of NCAT appeals finalised over the past 12 months shows a small but significant number of individuals being granted clearances against the express wishes of the Children’s Guardian, which denied the clearance and then asked the Tribunal not to grant it on appeal."

"These include at least 15 cases ranging from instances of child abuse, violent sexual assaults and, in one case, the murder of a police officer."

"Family and Community Services Minister Brad Hazzard said the cases identified were both "deeply concerning" and may have failed the "commonsense test".

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