Category: Child protection reform

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…

November 21, 2017

21 November 2017 In June 2017, 550 of the 3,484 children and young people in out of home care in South Australia lived in either residential or emergency care rather than home-based care such as foster, relative or kinship care. We know that residential care should do more than just warehouse vulnerable children and young…

November 14, 2017

14 November 2017 In this edition of the Guardian’s Quarterly Newsletter: Two bills that would profoundly affect young people encountering the youth justice system A scheme to visit young people in residential and emergency care What is therapeutic residential care The Charter of Rights and one major NGO Some lyrics from a young song writer…

October 16, 2017

17 October, 2017 In less than two weeks the Guardian and her team will be setting out the direction of the Office for the next three years. How well have we worked with you?  How could we have done better?  Where should we direct our energies in the future? Real friends can be honest.  We…

September 19, 2017

19 September 2017 The Guardian’s Office has been auditing the Annual Reviews of children in care for 10 years now.  We do this to advocate for the children, to see how well the Reviews work and to identify broader systemic issues. Annual reviews are an important means of monitoring the quality of services provided and…

September 12, 2017

12 September, 2017 In emergency care (sometimes referred to as commercial care or, previously in the media, ‘kids in motels’) children are housed in temporary accommodation (such as houses and units) by rotating shifts of workers with minimal specialist training employed by commercial providers. These arrangements are very unsuitable for children in out of home…

August 8, 2017

1 August 2017 The Guardian’s Office received 292 requests for intervention in the 12 months to 30 June, 2017. Of those, the Office found that 57 were out of the Guardian’s mandate.[1] The remaining 235 in-mandate enquiries represented 321 individual children.[2]  Of the 235 inquiries: 137 were requests for advocacy 43 were consultations about action…

July 25, 2017

. 25 July 2017 It is a great privilege to be entrusted to the position of Guardian for Children and Young People, an independent statutory office dedicated to promoting the best interests, and safeguarding the voices and needs, of the young South Australians who live in out-of-home-care.   I am under no illusions. This is…

July 18, 2017

18 July 2017 We dig into the data and comments from our June 2017 Coordination and Collaboration Survey,to see how staff in Department of Education and Child Development (DECD) schools and Department for Child Protection (DCP) workers view the prevalence of coordination and collaboration in their relationship. (1)  C and C occurs… never not normal…

July 11, 2017

11 July 2017 For abuse of a child to occur, the first necessary condition is that the child remain silent, that their voice not be heard.  This silence may be engineered by the abuser, using their status, fear or shame. It may be engineered by institutions that are passive in protecting children or complicit in…