Child Safe Advocates

 

Child Safe Advocates are the face of Scouts NSW's Child Safety initiatives. 

At Scouts NSW, we are committed to developing a culture where young people feel safe, supported and empowered to speak up.
- Neville Tomkins OAM JP, Chief Commissioner of Scouts NSW

The Scouts NSW Child Safe Advocates Scheme aims to provide support for our youth members, giving them a safe environment where they are aware of their rights to feel safe, and can speak openly about any issues and concerns they may have.

Our trained panel of Child Safe Advocates attend Scout activities and events across the State to promote Child Safe Messaging, listen to concerns and provide support from those concerned about their own safety, or the safety of another member.

Each Advocate will wear a unique Child Safe Advocate badge and woggle at events to ensure they can be identified as a champion of child safety, provide advice and support, and where necessary, take disclosures or reports.

Each Child Safe Advocate has undergone extensive online training by the Office of the Children's Guardian, as well as face-to-face training with Scouts, so they understand how to take disclosures and report them appropriately.

Nominate Yourself as a Child Safe Advocate

Adult Members and Supporters of Scouts NSW can nominate themselves as a potential Child Safe Advocate by submitting an Expression of Interest here.

All Expressions of Interest will be forwarded to relevant Region Commissioners and Deputy Chief Commissioners for endorsement. Members and Supporters selected as Child Safe Advocates will undergo extensive high-level training by the Office of the Children’s Guardian, as well as face-to-face training with Scouts.

Learn more about our Child Safe Advocates

Each Advocate will wear a unique Child Safe Advocate badge and woggle at events to allow youth and adult members to identify them as someone who understands child safety and who can take disclosures and provide advice and support.

All suspicions, concerns or allegations about child protection matters should be reported using the online child protection form. To make a report click here.

Individuals can nominate themselves as a potential Child Safe Advocate by filling in the form here.

Child Safe Advocates are responsible for:

  • Becoming the ‘on the ground’ face of Scouts NSW Child Safety initiatives – particularly at large events
  • Understanding and explaining Scouts NSW Child Protection policies and procedures
  • Promoting Child Safe Messaging throughout the organisation
  • Achieving a high level understanding of prevention and intervention child abuse strategies; and
  • Encouraging and enabling incident reporting.

Advocates are trained to provide on-the-ground advice and support to all of our members at activities across NSW. This includes providing a listening ear to those concerned about their own safety, or the safety of another member, and where necessary, taking disclosures and making reports.

Training is key to developing a child safe environment where individuals feel safe speaking out about difficult topics. Each Child Safe Advocate has undergone extensive online training by the Office of the Children’s Guardian, as well as face-to-face training with Scouts, so they understand how to take disclosures and report them appropriately.

Meet our Child Safe Advocates

Meet our current cohort of Child Safe Advocates who are committed to ensuring all members of Scouting can continue to enjoy Scouts in an environment where they feel safe, supported and empowered.