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Protecting Children, Protecting Jobs

By Andrew Casey

NSW child care workers will this month consider how the working-with-children laws - which bar some people from working with our kids - has operated in its first twelve months.

" The laws, introduced by the State Government, help to create workplaces where our children are safe and protected," says Sonia Minutillo, from the LHMU Child Care Union.

" However child care workers and their union are concerned that these new laws work properly, do not unfairly deny people jobs and are not an excessive invasion of our members' privacy."

The LHMU Caring for the Future child care conference will be held in Sydney on Saturday 25th August 2001.

The NSW Commissioner for Children and Young People, Gillian Calvert, will discuss the first year of operation of the working-with-children laws at the LHMU's child care conference.

Background checks

Employers must now check, against a national database, all applicants for jobs working with children - both paid and voluntary workers.

In the first six months of the operation of the new laws - which came into place in July 2000 - employers were required to check if any existing employees working with children had been convicted of a serious sex offense.

" The Caring for the Future conference is expected to attract a large and enthusiastic audience of child care workers.

" Last year we had more than 100 people attending and getting involved in some spirited debate over the future of our industry," Sonia Minutillo said.

For further information about the conference and how to book a place click here.


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