The Advocate for Children and Young People is an independent statutory office reporting to the NSW Parliament through the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Children and Young People.
The office is established under the Advocate for Children and Young People Act 2014.
Mr Andrew Johnson was appointed as the Advocate on 9 January 2015.
The Minister for Multiculturalism, The Hon. John AJAKA, MLC was appointed as the Minister responsible for the Act on 27 May 2015.
The Advocate for Children and Young People is supported by a small team in the Department of Family and Community Services.
Together, making NSW a better place for children and young people.
The safety, welfare and well being of children and young people are the paramount consideration
The views of children and young people are to be given serious consideration and taken into account
A cooperative relationship between children and young people and their families and communities are important for the safety, welfare and well being of children and young people.
Advocate for and promote the well being of children and young people
Promote the participation of children and young people in the decisions that affect their lives
Make recommendations to government and non-government agencies on legislation, reports, policies, practices and services affecting children and young people
Conduct, promote and monitor research into issues affecting children and young people
Prepare, in consultation with the Minister, a three-year strategic plan for children and young people in the state.
Focus on systemic issues affecting children and young
Give priority to the interests and needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people
Consult with children and young people from a broad range of backgrounds and ages throughout the State
Work cooperatively with other organisations that provide services to or represent the interests of children and young people
Our shared values guide every aspect of making NSW a better place for children and young people and our relationships both within our work teams and with external stakeholders. Through these values we seek to increase our reputation and professionalism, the quality of our services, capacity for collaboration with colleagues and stakeholders and develop our most valuable resource – our staff.
Our values are based on:
The Advocate works to improve the safety, welfare and well being of all children and young people in NSW. We speak up for children and young people to ensure that their rights are respected and their points of view heard by adult decision makers. We engage with the children and young people of NSW and listen to their feedback and input.
The role of the NSW Advocate for Children and Young People is to influence and initiate positive change by: