Child Safeguard Celebrates National Child Protection Week 2024!

This year National Child Protection Week will continue to champion the message:

‘Every child, in every community, needs a fair go. Every conversation matters’.

This message captures the essence of National Child Protection Week which aims to promote a safe and supported life for every child, now and into the future.

The aim of Child Protection Week is to bring together partners to focus on addressing the significant harms being experienced by children in Australia. By working collectively to change the trajectory of these children and families, we can reduce the number of children who may come in contact with the child protection system.

To find out more about National Child Protection Week, go to the link below for information and resources:

Prevent child abuse and neglect | NAPCAN

Child Safeguard collaborates with Office of Sport NSW and DCJ

Child Safeguard is celebrating National Child Protection Week by collaborating with the Office of Sport and NSW Department of Communities and Justice.

This webinar will explore the role of the Department of Communities and Justice and how the sport and active recreation community can report to the Child Protection Helpline.

Focus questions include:

• What is the Child Protection Helpline?

• When should contact be made with the Child Protection Helpline?

• How does a volunteer involved in sport report a Child Safety concern to the Child Protection Helpline?

• What information should be gathered before making a report?

For more information, go to the link below:

Child safe sport | NSW Government

#NAPCAN #ChildSafeSport


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 Hub 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.

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.”

Office of Sport NSW – Child Safeguarding and the Law Forum

It was our pleasure to deliver a webinar in collaboration with the Office of Sport on Child Safeguarding and the Law in Sports and Recreation.

The webinar covered key Child Safeguarding Legal Areas, including:

✅ The Child Safe Standards

✅ Working With Children Checks

✅ Reportable Conduct

✅ Mandatory Reporting

✅ Failure to Report offence

✅ Failure to Protect offence

A recording has been uploaded to YouTube

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 to provide expert commentary regarding child protection and child safeguarding issues.

For media enquires, please contact us on (02) 9252 319

Marco Blanco Featured on ABC News to Discuss the Importance of Local Government and Sporting Bodies Complying with the Child Safe Standards

Managing Director, Marco Blanco, spoke with Lorna Dunkley of ABC News to discuss the importance of Local Government and Sporting bodies implementing and complying with the Child Safe Standards.

Child Safeguard calls on State and Territory governments to urgently regulate compliance with the Child Safe Standards by child-related organisations.

Marco’s interview stemmed from Tennis NSW recently signing up to the National Redress Scheme and calling on the Federal Government to close a potential loophole in relation to Working With Children Checks.

Working with Children Checks are a very important measure, however all child-related organisations should be implementing holistic and robust preventative measures that go beyond WWCCs and comply with the Child Safe Standards.

The Child Safe Standards are an evidence based approach to creating a Child Safe Organisation.

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

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.

Child Safeguard attends Aquatic and Recreation Institute Awards Night 2022

Child Safeguard had a fantastic time at the ARI annual awards night.

We enjoyed celebrating the achievements of our clients and partners. We congratulate all the winners of awards!

In particular, we would like to recognise:

  Lane Cove Aquatic Centre – BlueFit Group

  Stan Wall of Lifeguarding Services Australia

  Scott Vanderheyden of Belgravia Leisure

  Brad Vella and the SGAC team!

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Information Brochure

Please download a copy of our General Brochure:


Download: Child Safeguard Brochure

Please download a copy of our Free eBook for Aquatics and Recreation in Victoria:

Download: Child Safe Regulations in Victoria eBook 2023