Category: Articles and opinion pieces

May 15, 2018

[Oakden residents] lacked any voice themselves. They were entirely dependent upon others for their care and their safety”. – Commissioner Lander, p190 [1] There are many lessons to be learned from the report by Commissioner Bruce Lander QC on the events at the Oakden nursing home, many of which can be applied to other facilities…

May 1, 2018

When the state takes over the parenting of a child, that parent has many faces, many hands and, hopefully, many hearts. Pointing the way to a new and better child protection system, Commissioner Margaret Nyland wrote in her preface to The Life They Deserve The new agency cannot operate in isolation. It should coordinate and…

April 5, 2018

Penny Wright is Training Centre Visitor in addition to being Guardian for Children and Young People. Work is well underway to set up the new Training Centre Visitor (TCV) Program established by the Youth Justice Administration Act, 2016. At the heart of the new program is the obligation to listen to and promote the best…

March 27, 2018

The Productivity Commission’s 2016-17 Report on Government Services (ROGS) helps understanding of how the South Australian Government’s expenditure on child protection has changed and how it compares with other states. Child protection services expenditure in SA per child* has increased significantly from $749 to $1,396 in the period 2013-14 to 2016-17 but the real interest is…

March 20, 2018

This week we look at how perceptions of collaboration and cooperation in child protection differ between government organisations and NGOs. Given that collaboration should occur ‘frequently’ or ‘always’  in no areas did more than half of Government or non-Government respondents report that this was the case. Differences Government respondents almost always perceived much higher levels…

March 15, 2018

In October 2017, the Guardian provided advice to the Minister for Education and Child Development with reference to bills before State Parliament.  In it she discussed tensions between the child’s right to freedom and self-determination and the need to take appropriate steps to protect a child from danger and to aid their psychological recovery. This advice…

March 13, 2018

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the foundation of international human rights law and just as relevant now as it was when it was created 70 years ago. It represents the recognition that basic rights and fundamental freedoms are inherent to all human beings, whatever their nationality, place of residence, gender, national or ethnic…

February 15, 2018

Findings from a recent study by paediatricians and researchers from the Telethon Kids Institute has revealed the high rate of neurodevelopmental impairment in young people in youth detention in Western Australia. Almost 90 percent of detainees suffered from some sort of impairment and over one third showed severe physical and mental impairment due to excessive…

February 8, 2018

In this edition of the Guardian’s Quarterly Newsletter: The latest on the Youth Training Centre Visitor Program and the trial of the Child and Young Person’s Visitor Scheme for residential care What young people in residential care know about their rights and how they believe they could be safeguarded The importance of monitoring bodies to…

January 30, 2018

With the upcoming South Australian election in mind, this is a great opportunity to reflect on the benefits of having a strong and robust democracy, and highlight what it means for the work of my office. Since I started my role as Guardian last year I have been conscious of what a privilege it is…