Category: Articles and opinion pieces

November 7, 2017

7 November 2017 It is now just over three months since I took up the role of Guardian and to say it has been a busy time is an understatement! A new job always brings many pressing tasks – but I have been keen to get out into the field and meet as many people…

October 12, 2017

In April 2013 we published an interview with Professor Andrew Day which discussed the importance of rehabilitation for those young people who find themselves involved with the justice system. It pointed to the research evidence that clearly demonstated that good programs, when they are well implemented, can reduce youth re-offending rates by up to 40…

June 20, 2017

20 June 2017 . I recently had the opportunity to speak with the Legislative Council Select Committee on Statutory Child Protection and Care specifically about the Children and Young People (Safety) Bill 2017, following my two written submissions in January and February. All three submissions were about  the children and young people whose interests I…

June 6, 2017

6 June 2017 Record keeping can be seen as just another chore, the domain of archivists concerned with keywords and disposal schedules or a tedious administrative task for overworked caseworkers. But for people who have spent a significant portion of their life in the care of institutions, official records can assume a huge significance as…

May 2, 2017

. 2 May, 2017 . Most, if not all, children who are taken into care will be experiencing trauma. It will have been caused, if not by prior abuse and neglect, by the dislocation of their lives caused by the experience of coming into care.Commissioner Nyland’s October 2016 report recommended that the principles of therapeutic care be…

February 14, 2017

14 February, 2017 Anyone who knows me will tell you that I love statistics. ‘Without data you are just another person with an opinion’ – W. E. Deming [1] So it was with growing unease that we dutifully recorded each month over the last few years the steady growth in the numbers of children and…

December 19, 2016

. . 19 December, 2016 . Whenever I am confronted with another of the disasters that flood our screens, I am reminded of what a friend told me, ‘watch the helpers’. Take note of those who run towards the chaos, drag people from beneath the rubble, rush them to hospital, tend to their wounds, lift…

December 1, 2016

  1 December, 2016The Guardian for Children and Young People Amanda Shaw has welcomed the Government’s announcements and additional investment in response to the Nyland Royal Commission Report. ‘These undertakings, if carried through, will mark a significant breakthrough in promoting the wellbeing of all children in our state and meeting the needs of those in…

November 28, 2016

28 November, 2016 Commissioner Nyland’s two year inquiry into child protection in South Australia has produced a document that is comprehensive and detailed. The Guardian’s Office Child Protection Reform Checklist identifies the major themes from The life they deserve: Child Protection Systems Royal Commission Report, and checklists the responses we look for as the government and community…