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 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 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:
The following principles govern the work of the NSW Advocate for Children and Young People: