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:


Emerging Minds


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!

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

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.

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.”

Working with Clients

Belgravia and Liverpool City Council Child Safe Training

6 March 2020

Child Safeguard was thrilled to deliver its bespoke Child Safe Training in Aquatics session to Belgravia Leisure and Liverpool City Council Australia!

Participants gained a better understanding of how to create a Child Safe Aquatic and Recreation Facility.

Thanks to Scott Vanderheyden and the Belgravia crew for facilitating the training!

Royal Life Saving NSW Cultural Competence Program Launch

2 December 2019

Child Safeguard had the pleasure of participating in the launch of the Cultural Competence program by Royal Life Saving NSW at Roselands Aquatic Centre.

Aquatics Centres can now aim to be a Culturally Qualified Centre.

Well done to the RLS NSW team!

City of Sydney Child Safe Training

21 November 2019

It was our absolute pleasure to partner with the City of Sydney in the delivery of Child Safe Training for community organisations as part of the Connect Sydney program.

Connect Sydney is a City of Sydney program that aims to build the capacity of community organisations with free governance and skills training.

A big thank you to Redfern Community Centre for hosting the workshop!

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 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.

Recent 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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Westpac Funds Transfer Service Assisted Paedophiles to Abuse Children

20 November 2019

Anti-money laundering watchdog AUSTRAC has revealed that Westpac’s LitePay service has allowed paedophiles to send money to the Philippines to pay for child exploitation without raising alarm. AUSTRAC has identified 12 Westpac customers who had transferred nearly half a million dollars to the Philippines between them over several years. As a result of these allegations, Westpac CEO Brian Hartzer has resigned.

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Police Officer Accused of Neglecting Duty in Investigation into Sexual Predator

18 November 2019

A Sydney police officer allegedly failed to fully investigate the criminal record of a sexual predator on parole and failed to notify community corrections staff of new allegations made against him. Days later, the man sexually assaulted a seven-year-old girl in the women’s bathroom of a dance studio in the South of Sydney.

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High Court to Hear Pell’s Application to Appeal Conviction

13 November 2019

The High Court of Australia has referred Pell’s application to appeal his convictions to the Court’s full bench. A timeline for the application has been set down, with written submissions on Pell’s behalf due on January 8 2020.

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How Victoria’s Child Protection Services Failed 35 Children

13 November 2019

The Victorian Commissioner for Children and Young People has released a report entitled ‘Lost, Not Forgotten’ which investigated the suicides of 35 young people aged 12 to 17 years old between 2007 and 2019. The Report outlines how Child Protection repeatedly closed cases despite knowing of severe abuse, neglect and self-destructive behaviours that were exhibited by the children. They also failed to follow up on whether the families had sought help.

Read the full report here

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