The Charter of Rights

oog with rights sign small 2The Charter of Rights for Children and Young People in Care states simply and clearly the rights of children and young people who are under the guardianship or in the custody of the Minister for Education and Child Development.

The South Australian Parliament has legislated that any person involved with children in care in a formal capacity, such as a social worker or a carer, must consider and ‘seek to implement to the fullest extent possible, the terms of the Charter’ (Children’s Protection Act 1993, 52EF). The Charter is promoted and monitored by the Office of the Guardian for Children and Young People.

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Advocating for the rights of children in care

The Charter is used by children and young people to negotiate changes when their rights are not being met. It is used by adults to discuss rights with young people and to advocate with them and for them.  more about advocacy...

Endorsing the Charter

The Charter has been endorsed by most agencies providing services for children and young people in care in South Australia. By doing so they have agreed to support the rights outlined in the Charter and to distribute and display Charter information. There is more information on the Endorsing the Charter page.

Being a Charter Champion

Agencies that endorse the Charter agree to appoint a Charter Champion at each of the sites that engage with children and young people in care. Champions liaise with the Guardian's Office, ensuring that materials are distributed to children and young people and displayed prominently. They support the rights of their young clients and work with them and for them to use all of the available means to see their rights respected.