Fake child protection workers enter woman's home to inspect her babies

NSW Police are warning people after a family were visited by a man and a woman claiming to be Family and Community Services caseworkers.

Police said a man and a woman visited a home at Karabar, near Queanbeyan, on Friday speaking with a mother who had two babies.

The Karabar mum told police the purported FACS caseworkers produced what appeared to be ID cards. The woman said she was told by the pair they were visiting to check on the children's welfare.

The mum told the pair the babies were asleep and that she could call them back to return later for an inspection. The pair said they could wait for the babies to wake up.

Two people claimed to be child welfare workers and inspected a woman's kids. File pic. Source: AAP
Two people claimed to be child welfare workers and inspected a woman's kids. File pic. Source: AAP

A short time later the children woke up and the pair inspected them. They also looked at the kids' bedroom before leaving.

The mum then visited police who confirmed they had no records of FACS visiting her family.

Local police are now investigating the matter.

Monaro Local Area Command Crime Manager Detective Chief Inspector Neil Grey said there had been no other reports of any similar incidents and described the visit as disturbing.

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"If in doubt of a government worker's identity, members of the public should ask to see their identification," Det Chief Insp Grey said.

"FACS have confirmed that all caseworkers in the Southern District carry photo ID with their name, job title and FACS logo and will always present this when visiting a family.

"If still in doubt, contact the agency involved or contact police who will attend and verify their bona fides."

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers [https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ |online reporting page|popup=true].