Meet our Youth Safe Advocates – Mark


Name: Mark Burfield

Role in Scouts: State Commissioner - Special Needs and State Commissioner - Community Liaison, Diversity and Inclusion

Day Job: ILC (Information, Linkages and Capacity Building) Consultant with the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme), employed by SSI (Settlement Services International)

Hobbies and Interests: Bush walking, gardening, music, travel, volunteering

Favourite moment in Scouting: Ah, so many! For example, travelling to every State and Territory in Australia, and also to New Zealand on Scouting activities between ages 16-21. Running the last 12 Agoonorees in NSW.

What inspired you to work with youth members? At age of 8, I became a Cub Scout in Adelaide and found my 'tribe' - Scouting - a pre-eminent global youth organisation. So I am intrinsically inspired to work with youth members because I know the possibilities that Scouting can offer to positively impact on a person's life.

Why did you become a Youth Safe Advocate? I became a Youth Safe Advocate to contribute to the substantial effort and activity of Scouts NSW to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its youth members.

Why is the Youth Safe Advocate scheme important for Scouts NSW? The Youth Safe Advocates scheme is an important substantial pro-active initiative contributing to Scouts NSW maintaining its vigilance and due diligence with regard to the safety and wellbeing of its youth members.

What is the key message you would everyone to remember about the Youth Safe Advocate scheme? Scouting is for all. The Youth Safe Advocates scheme assists in ensuring that 'all' have a safe, positive experience in Scouting.