Category: Listening/talking with children

January 23, 2018

For CEO of West Coast Youth and Community Support (WCYCS), Jo Clark, the key to working with young people is listening to what they have to say and then acting on it. ‘By ignoring what young people say we risk undermining their confidence and their willingness to make decisions, making them more passive and more…

December 11, 2017

11 December 2017 This song lyric was offered to one of our advocates for publication by a young woman during a visit to a residential care house.  Thanks to Philip Ellison for the design. This item first appeared in the November 2017 Guardian’s Newsletter which you can download now.

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…

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…

September 13, 2016

13 September, 2016 Themes from Nyland  #2 The team from the Guardian’s office have analysed the 850 pages and 260 recommendations from The life they deserve: Child Protection Systems Royal Commission Report[1].  We have extracted some themes and priorities to allow us to critique the government’s response, judge the improvements over time and to shape…

July 26, 2016

26 July 2016 Here are seven things that young people in care told us while discussing  ‘Having a Say’ at our youth consultation last week. [1] 1. I do need to talk with you. I need to let you know what is important to me, to get what I want and need and to be kept safe….

June 13, 2016

It started out as a neutral acronym, a convenient short form of Guardianship of the Minister, which made it’s way into common usage among professionals working with children in care.  We polled professionals and the results are below. Young people in care have told us they don’t like it.  They find it offensive for its negative…

March 15, 2016

15 March 2016 At the Charter’s launch at the Adelaide Zoo in 2006, then Minister for Families and Communities, Jay Weatherill congratulated the children and young people, carers and professionals whose work created the Charter. Children and young people in care ‘need to know they can expect to be treated well and cared for properly…