Category: Child protection reform

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 24, 2018

South Australia’s Aboriginal[1] children and young people are vastly over-represented in in state care and in detention centres, according to the Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services 2018 (ROGS 2018) and the trends are not positive. The ROGS 2018 data on child protection showed that at 30 June 2017, Aboriginal children and young people comprised…

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 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…

February 26, 2018

          The results from the survey completed in January 2018 show little change from the June 2017 survey in the rate of collaboration and cooperation between workers in Government schools (DECD) and those in the Department for Child Protection (DCP).  However, DCP and DECD workers see things quite differently with DCP…

February 19, 2018

The results from the Collaboration and Cooperation Survey completed last week show little change in the rate of collaboration and cooperation between foster carers and the Department for Child Protection, with percentages in each category being similar to those in June 2017.  Responses from those identifying as foster carers varied significantly from the overall result…

December 14, 2017

14 December 2017 The Australian Children’s Commissioners and Guardians (ACCG) met on 15 and 16 November in Melbourne. The ACCG comprises national, state and territory children and young peoples’ commissioners, guardians and advocates. The ACCG is currently focusing on achieving better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people, promoting children and young…