Brad Poynting


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

A Child Safe Organisations approach to kissing children on the cheek

On April 29, 2019, The Sector published an article titled, ‘Is it ok to kiss children on the cheek?’

3 months ago

by Brad Poynting

Should Out of School Hours Care providers be child safe environments?

Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) environments are different from school and early education environments in a lot of ways. Often, they are co-located on school property, service school age children and comply with the same legislation as early education providers. Despite these similarities, OSHC environments depart greatly from both school and early education environments. Given the differences, should OSHC providers strive to create and implement the National Principles of Child Safe Organisations and create child safe environments?

4 months ago

by Brad Poynting

COAG takes action to increase the safety of children in organisations

As The Sector this morning reported, the Australian Human Rights Commission, have welcomed the announcement by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) , endorsing the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations. These Principles provide a baseline for organisations that work with children to implement child-safe and child-friendly practices to instill a child-safe culture.

6 months ago

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.

7 months 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.

8 months ago

by Brad Poynting