I work as a child advocate. The court orders a child advocate in cases of suspected crimes against children under the age of 18. A child advocate is often appointed when it is suspected that someone close to the child has committed a crime against the child, for example a parent or relative, and the guardian cannot safeguard the interests of the child because of his/her relationship to the suspect. A child advocate then assumes the guardian’s responsibility during the process of ensuring that the child receives his/her rights during the investigation and trial. A child advocate can also bring an action for damages on behalf of the child.