Author: Malcolm Downes

October 9, 2018

Children and young people in care will soon be able to seek an external review of decisions made by the Department for Child Protection (DCP) as to their placement, care, education and health. On 22 October, the final sections of the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 will come into operation. This means the South…

October 2, 2018

The Adelaide Youth Training Centre  is housed on two campuses in Cavan, north of the Grand Junction Road.  One campus caters for female residents, younger male residents and young people in overnight remand and the other houses older male residents. In 2017-18 there were 671 total admissions accounting for 329 individual young people of whom…

September 24, 2018

Two weeks ago we asked our colleagues and friends to spend a hypothetical $100 to improve child protection in South Australia.  These were their top five choices: #1 More early intervention and family support (29.6%) The range of comment showed that this meant different things to different people.  Varying interpretations included using education and public…

September 17, 2018

Each year, hundreds of young South Australians from 10 to 18 years of age pass through the gates into the Adelaide Youth Training Centre.  Each one has a story.  Combined together as statistics, their stories tell us who they are, why they are there and how well our youth detention regime is working If you…

September 10, 2018

We all have ideas, drawn from our own experience, about ways to improve the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children.  This five minute survey invites you to express and rank some priorities in a simple, but challenging, format. We look forward to your ideas and will publish the results next week. Please take me to the…

September 4, 2018

The ability to participate and have their voice heard is an important issue for Australia’s children and young people. This is a key principle of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and an important aspect of empowering children and young people. It is also the key principle that underlies the recently released…

August 27, 2018

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is more than an abstract aspiration.  In this article we look at the reporting process and how it reflects and responds to the situation of children in Australia. The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child monitors the implementation of the UN Convention…

August 20, 2018

The introduction of the Youth Justice Administration Act 2016 sought to consolidate the administration of youth justice and bring up to date with other relevant pieces of legislation to reflect best practice in youth justice.  It also established the role of Training Centre Visitor, now occupied by Guardian for Children and Young People, Penny Wright….

August 17, 2018

In this edition of the Guardian’s Newsletter: NAIDOC Week extending the age of support to young people post care the Convention on the Rights of the child in Australia empowering young people by listening what do residents of the youth detention centre want from their visitors? …plus some significant developments in new programs in the…

August 6, 2018

The State Government introduced the Controlled Substances (Youth Treatment Orders) Amendment Bill 2018 to allow for applications to the Youth Court for orders compelling a child or young person to be assessed for, and to undergo, mandatory treatment for a drug dependency for a period of up to 12 months. Last week the Guardian wrote…