Brad Poynting

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From working at an out of hours care and vacation care service to holding a national lead role in child protection at an early education provider, Brad has worked toward and advocated for the best interests of children for over 10 years. He began his focus on protecting children from harm when he joined the Queensland Department of Communities as a front-line child protection worker. Brad gained further experience working in the non-government sector advocating for children with disabilities in Out of Home Care before returning to government to exercise the Children Commissioner’s Child Advocacy function by working in oversight of Child safety. Wanting to work proactively and preventatively, Brad transitioned to the early education sector to work at the nexus of early education and child protection. Brad’s focus in the ECEC sector has been to increase awareness of the prevention of institutional child abuse and neglect, commonly called ‘child safeguarding’ in addition to preventing child abuse and neglect in the community. Brad has held several roles in this area and rose to be the principal child protection officer for a national early education provider that services over 70,000 children and 50,000 families, where he has been advocating for the sector to adopt child safe principles and practice. In 2017, Brad opened Poynting Consulting & Advisory to be better able to coach and lead child-serving and child-contact businesses to deliver themselves as child safe organisations where children’s wellbeing and safety is the first priority to allow them to thrive.

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Articles by Brad Poynting

Based in Victoria? Make sure you are meeting the Victorian Child Safe Standards

The Victorian Child Safe Standards have been designed to drive cultural change in organisations to embed child safety as a priority. The framework is compulsory for organisations that fall in scope and require those organisations to implement policies to prevent, respond and report allegations of child abuse. The standards were created in the Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005.

a month ago

by Brad Poynting

If your organisation is looking for offenders, you’re leaving children at risk

It sounds backwards, but it’s true, according to child safety expert Brad Poynting. Here, he discusses the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Final Report, and steps to create safer environments for children.

a month ago

by Brad Poynting

Queensland focus: child and youth risk management strategies

Queensland early childhood and education services have an obligation under the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000 to develop and maintain a ‘Child and Youth Risk Management Strategy’. Child protection expert Brad Poynting provides some guidance on how to ensure that your strategies meet the legislative requirements, as well as the expectations of the families that attend your service.

2 months ago

by Brad Poynting

Are you ready? National Principles for Child Safe Organisations are coming soon

The National Principles for Child Safe Organisations and their implementation in business and organisations is a complicated issue. Child safety expert and Poynting Consulting & Advisory (PCA) Principal Consultant Brad Poynting outlines what the principles are, how they were developed, and how you can make sure your service meets the necessary requirements.

3 months ago

by Brad Poynting

Webinar: make sure your organisation meets the National Principles of Child Safe Organisations

The Council of Australian Government is expected to endorse the National Principles of Child Safe Organisations by the end of the year. Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) and Emerging Minds are partnering to deliver a webinar to discuss how organisations that work with children can uphold these principles.

3 months ago

by Brad Poynting