COVID-19 Updates

Child Safeguard has responded promptly to the current COVID-19 public health emergency to ensure our staff are safe, and that we can continue to support our clients.

We have established continuity measures which are now in place. Our client’s projects will continue with little disruption.

Child Safeguard has acted early to implement recommended health measures, including all staff working from home.

Our Managing Director Marco Blanco states:

“We want to assure our clients that we have implemented measures to ensure that our work for you continues.

We strongly recommend that our partners follow ongoing advice from the Australian Department of Health.

We recognise that at this moment, children and young people can be scared & confused. We will be providing regular updates with useful information and resources that aim to help you communicate child friendly & child safe messages in response to COVID19.

Stay safe and should you have any queries, please contact us.”


Talking to Children About COVID-19

With recent news and media coverage about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) it is normal for both adults and children to feel confused and overwhelmed at this time.

Parents, guardians and child-related organisations may be wondering how best to communicate with children about COVID-19 in order to reduce worry and distress.

We have included some links to resources below that may be useful:

Mindheart

Emerging Minds


Awards

Winner of the Acquisition International Legal Award!

Child Safeguard is proud to announce that we have been named the Best Child Protection Law Firm in Australia as part of the Acquisition International Legal Awards. The Legal Awards are designed to reward parties based on their excellence demonstrated in the legal industry.

Managing Partner, Marco Blanco, made the following statement:

“Child Safeguard is extremely proud to receive this international award and be recognised as the best child protection law firm in Australia.

Child Safeguard has had a huge impact in preventing harm to children and young people and keeping them safe. Our work with our clients has improved protective measures for hundreds of thousands of children and young people across Australia and other parts of the world.”

A big thank you to AI and our congratulations to the other award recipients!


Partnerships

Launch of Child Safe Training with World Wide Swim School

We are excited at Child Safeguard to announce our partnership with the World Wide Swim School to provide online Child Safe Training for the aquatics industry.  Listen to Laurie Lawrence and Marco Blanco speak to you about our partnership https://youtu.be/Rc5WxH4vu7w.

The World Wide Swim School is the leading online swimming training resource for parents, coaches, teachers and swim schools, developed by Olympic Gold Medal and World Champion Swim coach, and former Australian Rugby Union Representative, Laurie Lawrence.

Known for being Australia’s water safety guru, Laurie developed the World Wide Swim School in order to educate children, parents and the swimming industry about safe water practices and to improve swimming standards on an international scale.

Child Safeguard is an award-winning firm that helps organisations prevent harm to children and keep them safer. Child Safeguard provides legal, training, and audit advice to organisations to build a Child Safe Organisation and implement Best Practice in Child Safety.

 To celebrate our partnership Child Safeguard and the World Wide Swim School have released a FREE online training module to provide you with an introduction to the Child Safe Standards and what you need to know as a business owner, manager, supervisor and swim teacher. Access the FREE module here.

 You can also watch back our FREE webinar with Laurie and Marco speaking about the Child Safe Standards and what as an industry we should be implementing to ensure we comply with the 10 Standards. Watch back the webinar here.


National Child Protection Week – Child Safe Forum with ASSA

Child Safeguard was thrilled to facilitate a fantastic Child Safe Forum on Thursday 10 September in collaboration with the Australian Swim Schools Association to celebrate the 30 year anniversary of National Child Protection Week!

The theme for 2020 is ‘Putting Children First’. Our presentation discussed why Swim Schools should put children first, the benefits to children and organisations of putting children first and strategies to put children first.

Our incredible panellists included Nicki Johnson of Advantage Aquatics, Tom Mills of City Venue Management, and Cameron Speechley of Rackley Swimming.

They provided invaluable insights into how Swim Schools can effectively engage with children and young people, meet the needs of diverse groups of children, support staff through training, and create a culture that keeps children safe and developing critical water safety skills.


Aquatics and Recreation Institute Board 2020

We are proud to announce that our Managing Director, Marco Blanco, has been elected as a board member for Aquatic and Recreation Institute NSW.

Marco stated:

“I would firstly like to acknowledge the immense contributions made by the departing board members Stan Wall, Matt Griffith and Roz Neville. Thank you.

I am excited and look forward to working alongside Colin Kane, Andrew Beamer, Stuart Crane, Jared Wilson, Simone Egan, Nicole Edsall and Louise Magee in the achievement of ARI’s goals over the next 2 years, and leading the industry through incredible challenging times.”


Child Safeguard – Proud Preferred Supplier for ASSA Members

Child Safeguard is now a proud Preferred Supplier of Child Safe services for Australian Swim
Schools Association (ASSA). ASSA is the Peak Industry Body for Swim Schools in Australia. ASSA_Logo_FC_Grad_PARTNER_FC
This partnership combines ASSA’s expertise and network within the Aquatic Industry with Child Safeguard’s own consultancy expertise.

Child Safeguard is excited to be partnering with ASSA to help Aquatic Organisations implement Child Safe Practices and keep children safer.

Marco Blanco, Managing Director, stated:

“Child Safeguard is delighted and looking forward to working with ASSA to ensure it is a leader as a peak industry body regarding child safe practices and helping its member swim schools with vital compliance matters as they head towards world best practice.”


Child Safeguard in the Media

Child Safeguard are leading experts in child safeguarding and are media commentators.

Child Safeguard has regularly featured in the media, including ABC News, 2GB Radio, the Sydney Morning Herald, and on News.com.au to provide expert commentary regarding child protection and child safeguarding issues.

For media enquires, please contact us on (02) 9252 3198


Marco Blanco Appeared on ABC News to Discuss the National Redress Scheme

1 July 2020

Our Managing Director Marco Blanco appeared on ABC News and spoke with Karina Carvalho to discuss the National Redress Scheme and in particular the failure of institutions to sign up.

Marco stated in the interview:

“There is no legitimate reason for organisations to have failed to sign up to the redress scheme by now”

Child Safeguard strongly encourages institutions that have not signed up yet, to do so urgently. Survivors of institutional abuse are tragically dying as they wait for redress.


News

Office of the Children’s Guardian to Regulate the Child Safe Standards

The Office of the Children’s Guardian will be regulating the implementation of the Child Safe Standards by organisations across NSW. As the central regulator for the Child Safe Standards, the Office of the Children’s Guardian will support organisations to build their capacity to meet the standards through a genuine commitment to child safe culture and practice.

You can find more information here


Children’s Legal Issues Committee 2020

Marco Blanco, Managing Director of Child Safeguard, has been appointed to the NSW Law Society’s Children’s Legal Issues Committee 2020. The Committee represents the Law Society in relation to child rights in the civil and criminal jurisdictions. The Committee discusses and advocates key child-related issues including Indigenous children in the legal system, children as victims of domestic violence, and Care and Protection issues.

Congratulations Marco! Child Safeguard is looking forward to reading about the Committee’s                                                    achievements in 2020.


Independent Review of Gymnastics in Australia

28 September 2020

Gymnastics Australia has called on the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) to conduct an independent investigation of the national governing body and the culture of sport. The AHRC commenced public consultation for its Independent Review of gymnastics on 22 September 2020. The Review will build an understanding of the sport’s culture and identify systemic issues impacting upon athlete experience and barriers to reporting misconduct and abuse. The AHRC is scheduled to deliver findings in early 2021.

For more information click here


NSW Government Announces Child Protection App

9 September 2020

The Department of Communities and Justice NSW has announced the development of an app for child protection caseworkers called ChildStory Mobile. The ChildStory app will enable caseworkers to access important documents and data as well as record crucial information into the Department’s system without having to visit their office. The app will allow caseworkers to spend more time visiting and supporting children who are at risk. Testing of the platform is scheduled for later this year.

View the Department’s media release here


Source: Sydney Morning HeraldNew Child Protection Reforms Said Not to Go Far Enough to Protect Aboriginal Children

10 July 2020

In November 2019, the Family is Culture Report released 125 recommendations for reform to the NSW child protection system to better protect Aboriginal children and young people. In response to the recommendations, the NSW Government has announced that it will appoint an Aboriginal children’s guardian, an expert advisory body and an internal taskforce. However, critics have argued that the NSW Government has ignored the majority of the recommendations and did not consult widely with Indigenous groups.

 Find more information here


Former Knox Grammar School Sports Director Pleaded Guilty to Possession of Child Abuse Materials

3 June 2020

Former Knox Grammar School Sport Director Nicholas Warby pleaded guilty in April 2020 to the possession of over 3,400 child abuse photos and videos as well as the possession of drugs. Warby’s phone was discovered at the school pool in August 2019 and he was arrested shortly after. Warby will be sentenced in September 2020 and will face a sentence of up to 10 years imprisonment.

For more information click here


Calls for Reform of Queensland’s Child Safety System

2 June 2020

In 2016, 21-month-old Mason Jet Lee was found dead in a Caboolture home after he was punched in the stomach by his mother’s boyfriend. Almost 4 years later, the Queensland Deputy State Coroner has handed down findings stating that the Department of Child Safety failed in its duty to protect Mason from serious harm in the months prior to his death. The Deputy State Coroner has recommended that the Department of Child Safety review its policies to ensure that adoption is routinely and genuinely considered as a suitable permanency option for children in out-of-home care.

Find more information here


High Court Quashes George Pell’s Convictions

7 April 2020

The High Court has ordered that Pell’s convictions be quashed and that he be acquitted of all charges. The High Court made its decision on the basis that the jury should have entertained reasonable doubt about Pell’s guilt after hearing the evidence.

Pell has since been released from Barwon Prison in Victoria.

Read more information here


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