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Child Sex Fears Over Volunteers
THOUSANDS of volunteers working with young people could be forced to reveal if they have a criminal history
in a bid to protect children from sexual predators.
Paedophiles are feared to be taking jobs that bring them into contact with children because background checks
are not required for volunteers in NSW.
The Daily Telegraph can reveal that Ombudsman Bruce Barbour is working on a recommendation to the Iemma
Government aimed at tightening the rules for volunteer workers.
Concerns for the safety of children follow an explosion in the number of sexual predators using
internet-capable mobile phones and computers to target and "groom" their victims.
At one private school a parent volunteer failed to disclose he had been charged with sexual
offences against a child. The volunteer was later convicted of aggravated indecent assault and sexual assault.
Mr Barbour said child protection safeguards generally worked well but there were "growing challenges"
around volunteer organisations that did not have monitoring systems.
These include hundreds of sports clubs, youth clubs and other organisations that are not subject to
working-with-children checks. Parents who volunteer to work in schools are a major group in this category.
"This is an area to work at, one that is a potential risk in the future," Mr Barbour said.
"Maybe we need to identify the high-risk areas such as where kids spend time (with an adult) unsupervised
or on overnight (excursions). We might have the Government look at it through some recommendations."
The Commission for Children and Young People met significant resistance when it canvassed plans to extend
the checking system to volunteer organisations.
In a submission to the Special Commission of Inquiry into Child Protection Services headed by Justice James
Wood, the CCYP said it did not want to "impose unrealistic administrative burdens on volunteer organisations".
The CCYP said safeguards would be needed to ensure the "sensitive information" provided through background
checking remained confidential.
Daily Telegraph (12-5-2008)
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