The Guardian’s Year in Review 2017-18

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At June 2018 there were 3,695 children in out-of-home care and 3,402 on care and protection orders in South Australia. Many of those children will have thrived in stable, safe and loving placements. Supported by dedicated adults, many will have made the hard journey back from trauma and neglect, developing strong identities and building friendships. Some will have excelled at school, in sport, music or the arts.

However, it is also true that for many children our state continues to seriously fail its obligations as parent.

In the Year in Review 2017-18*, the Guardian considers some of the successes and the delays in the child protection reform process that still leave many children in less-than-ideal circumstances.  She looks at the slow transition to a system based on prevention and early intervention, to improvements in foster and kinship care services and to the ongoing problems challenging residential and emergency care.  Therapeutic care for all children as envisioned by Commissioner Nyland and significant progress in listening to the voices of children in care still seem some way off.

The Year in Review 2017-18 is now available for download.


*The Year in Review 2017-18 uses material originally published in the 2017-18 Annual Report

The Training Centre Visitor’s Annual Report 2017-18

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The first Training Centre Visitor was appointed in December 2016 to visit, advocate, inspect, inquire and investigate matters relating to the residents of youth detention facilities in SA and provide advice to the relevant minister.  This first report covers the establishment phase of the scheme and some individual advocacy with visits proper commencing after the period covered by this report.

You can download the Training Centre Visitor’s Annual Report 2017-18 now.

The Guardian’s Annual Report 2015-16

1 November, 2016

You can download a PDF copy of the Guardian for Children and Young People 2015-16 Annual Report from this website. The Report was tabled in the South Australian Parliament on 1 November 2016.

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The Guardian’s Annual Report 2014-15

You can download a PDF copy of the Guardian for Children and Young People 2014-15 Annual Report from this website. The report was tabled in the South Australian Parliament on 29 October.

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The Year in Review 2013-14

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11 November 2014

2013-14 in Review – What Children Want From Us is a concise summary of the year for South Australia’s children and young people in care as seen through the work of the Guardian’s Office. It is based on material which originally appeared in the Guardian’s Annual Report for 2013-14.

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The Year in Review 2012-13

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2 December 2013

2012-13 in Review – Delivering on the Promise of Good Care for Children is a concise summary of the year for South Australia’s children and young people in care as seen through the work of the Guardian’s Office.  It is based on material which originally appeared in the Guardian’s Annual Report for 2012-13.

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