Category: Latest releases

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 The Office of the Guardian’s analysis of the Productivity Commission Report on Government Services 2017 (ROGS) data has shown that, compared to the rest of Australia, our state spends significantly less per child on the services that prevent children coming into state care and more per child on out-of-home care once they…

August 31, 2017

31 August 2017 On 5 July 2017, the Government introduced the Statutes Amendment (Youths Sentenced as Adults) Bill 2017 to Parliament.  The Bill seeks to reverse the previous primary focus in sentencing young offenders from rehabilitation to protection of the public. The Guardian’s submission in response to the Bill argues that the Bill not only…

August 29, 2017

29 August 2017 Commissioner Nyland stated that, in child protection, coordination and collaboration between agencies should be the norm. Non-government organisations (NGOs) responding to the Guardian’s June 2017 survey  said that, in many instances, it was not.   Most NGOs assessed the frequency of cooperation and collaboration as ‘sometimes’ or less. The full analysis and…

August 22, 2017

22 August 2017 Of the approximately 3,600 children in state care in South Australia on 30 June, 2017, one third were of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent. Connection to family, culture and place is important for all children but especially so for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children.  The forced separation of the Stolen…

August 15, 2017

In the last available figures, over 10 per cent of children and young people in state care were in residential care.[1]  Residential care in South Australia has expanded as the demand for places for children and young people in state care has exceeded the supply of foster and kinship carers. At 30 June 2017, there…

August 8, 2017

8 August 2017 This edition follows up on the interest raised in issues for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in care in the wake of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s day last Friday.   Advocate Conrad Morris writes on his experience growing up in Aboriginal culture and reflects on Aboriginal children, community…

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…

August 4, 2017

4 August 2017 In recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day, we turn over this page to “Tezza” an Aboriginal young man who lives in residential care.  Tezza is a dedicated artist who learned his stenciling technique from school and who is influenced by characters drawn from the superhero genre.

August 1, 2017

. 1 August 2017 I am an Narangga and Arrente man. My mother hailed from the Narangga community. My father was a white man from Wolverhampton in England.  I was brought up by my grandmother, however I was also guided my grandfather, aunties, uncles and cousins,  brothers and sisters. My grandfather, an Arrente man lived…