Parents play a vital role by providing support and encouragement as young people work towards their goals.

The Award equips young people for life and work, whether it is through new unique activities, meeting new people, or exploring an unfamiliar environment. Your child is responsible for setting their Award goals and making progress towards these goals.

The Award can be challenging, but with your support and motivation, you can help your child grow and develop. This can include encouraging your child to keep their Online Record Book up to date, giving them lifts to their activities, and providing financial support for activities and equipment.

How does my child begin the Award?

Encourage your child to speak with their Award Leader. Your child can always find their Award Leader's contact information by logging into their Online Record Book and clicking on My Award Leader.

Some young people may rely heavily on a parent/guardian for support in addition to their Award Leader. It's recommended ​you review these participant resources with ​your child, but they should be also encouraged to connect with their Award Leader as this adult will have completed formal training in Award delivery and facilitation.

If you're interested in understanding the Award better in order to elevate your role of support in your child's Award journey, please consider volunteering as an Award Leader or Assistant Leader for your local Award Centre.

How do I support my child?

Help ensure that the activity choices they find are exciting, but realistic for your budget, transport and local facilities. Encourage your child to take an active role in constructing their strategies to drive them forward. If you see your child is struggling in their Award progress, encourage your child to speak with their Award Leader.

A parent can support their child by coaching them in communicating with their Leader via phone, email, or in person. The Award is an opportunity for young people to learn how to take responsibility, seek help, and find solutions. All our volunteer Leaders have all completed formal training in Award delivery, facilitation and supporting young people.

What do I do if my child doesn't seem interested in working on their Award or is feeling overwhelmed?

There will be struggles and bumps along the way as your child works to earn their Award. In some cases, a young person who sets out to achieve the Award may decide to stop or take a break just because they feel like it, and that is okay. Sometimes there are unexpected occurrences that happen in life which result in activities being put on hold. Setting healthy boundaries is an important part of establishing one's identity, which sometimes means your child will say no, or not yet. Continue to support your child by encouraging them to ​communicate with their Award Leader.

The role of Leaders and other adult mentors in the Award are to facilitate each participant to make their own decisions: they will help your child determine when to meet and how they will stay in communication, but ultimately, your child is responsible for seeking out opportunities to enhance their learning, and taking initiative to communicate regularly with their Award Leader and their Section Assessors.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an internationally recognized standard of leadership excellence for young people. The activities and standards required for achievement reflect this. As such, we expect parents to support their children by upholding these standards in keeping with the spirit of the Award. Your child can always find their Award Leader's contact information by logging into their Online Record Book and clicking on My Award Leader.

Your guidance, encouragement, and understanding is one of the elements that helps equip young people for the life ahead of them. While no other person can understand a child's strengths and weaknesses better than a parent, remember, the Award journey belongs to your child.

I have a concern about my child's Award Leader.

A young person's Award experience is considerably influenced by the adult roles involved in it, of which a Leader plays a significant role. We're committed to ensuring high quality training is in place for Award Leaders and volunteers that deliver the framework. It is the competence and confidence of our Leaders that provides inspirational, top quality experiences for the thousands of young people who aim to achieve an Award.

We are deeply grateful for the adults involved in delivering the Award, as without their hard work and dedication, there is no Award. For m​any of these ​individuals, the role is a voluntary role and often goes above and beyond other priorities such as a full-time job or family life. It takes time for a Leader to support and monitor participants, and balancing one's time with multiple priorities can be a challenge for anyone.

If you have a concern about your child's Award Leader, we encourage you to ​speak with the Leader or Award Centre to try and rectify the situation. If you are unable to reach a solution, please contact the Division Office.


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