Category: Materials for workers

October 9, 2015

As well as speaking with over 30 children and many adult stakeholders about necessary changes to the Charter of Rights, the Guardian invited Charter Champions to have a say via an online survey.  There were many specific observations made by respondents to the survey which you can read in the survey report at the link below. The…

August 7, 2015

In this twelve minute video, five Aboriginal young people talk frankly about their history and their connection to culture and country while in state care. The video is a distillation of many hours of interviews by Office staff in February and March in 2015. It was first screened at the Murraylands Community Gathering at Ninkowar on July…

February 9, 2015

9 February 2015 Many children coming into care will do so carrying the burden of traumatic experiences yet sometimes they reject the very warm, supportive and predictable relationships that adults caring for them are only too willing to offer. This article, written by Advocate Sarah Bishop who has made a study of developmental trauma, looks…

July 14, 2014

It’s over two years now since the I have the Right flashcards for young people with disabilities were first distributed. In the intervening time hundreds of packs have gone to the adults who work with young people in care in foster homes, residential care and youth justice. Rebecca Munn, Program Coordinator – Children’s Therapeutic Accommodation…

August 9, 2013

The popular video Why You’re Important to Me, formerly available only on DVD, is now on YouTube.  This fun animation reveals the feelings young people in care have about their social workers based on interviews collected as part of the Guardian’s inquiry Quality Contact between Children and Young People and their Workers in 2009.  …

July 2, 2013

  In a new video advocates Amanda, Melissa and Jodie share some of their insights and experience with the many people, of all ages and roles, who strive to make sure that the voice of a young person in care is heard. If you would like to consider issues about advocacy for young people in…

July 24, 2012

As more agencies shared information in order to flag issues and coordinate services around clients, they found the need for a short practice guide to supplement the ISG decision-making guide. Early intervention by sharing information – 10 top practice tips is a stripped-down, plain language guide to the major issues and steps in deciding the…

September 28, 2010

South Australia’s three universities combined with the Office of the Guardian again this year to update a brochure to encourage young people under, or recently under, guardianship to think about going to university. The brochure describes a range of options for uni entry, ways of funding study, the variety of courses available and some real-life stories…

March 29, 2010

The Guardian has a statutory obligation to monitor the wellbeing of children and young people under guardianship or in the custody of the Minister.  One way the Office does this this is for it’s advocates to visit young people in their residential units. This new fact sheet talks about the purpose of the visits and how they are usually…

March 29, 2010

The Guardian has a statutory obligation to monitor the wellbeing of children and young people under guardianship or in the custody of the Minister.  The Office of the Guardian collects and reports information using 12 quality statements which were distilled from the priorities of children and young people in care as expressed by them in the Charter…