Category: Quarterly newsletters

February 20, 2017

In preparation for the Government’s response to The life they deserve, Child Protection Systems Royal Commission Report, the Office regularly released concise summaries of issues and recommendations on major themes identified as priorities for children and young people in care. Immediately prior to the Government’s response, the Office released a consolidated Child protection reform checklist….

February 14, 2017

14 February, 2017 Anyone who knows me will tell you that I love statistics. ‘Without data you are just another person with an opinion’ – W. E. Deming [1] So it was with growing unease that we dutifully recorded each month over the last few years the steady growth in the numbers of children and…

February 13, 2017

13 February, 2017In this edition of the Guardian’s Newsletter… The Charter of Rights signups break records The Guardian cautions about just focusing on numbers in emergency care Aboriginal culture and connection in residential care The reforms to watch for in home-based care Young people speak about having a say …plus a summary of what the Office…

October 18, 2016

18 October, 2016 Our Office’s experience talking with Aboriginal children and young people was confirmed in a consultation with young people earlier this year. They told us that the same messages and artwork that appeal to other young people may not connect with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. ‘ hand drawn images – they are…

September 26, 2016

26 September, 2016 Children and young people first come into care unprepared, with little notice and sometimes with not much more than the clothes they are wearing. Two young people decided to help.  Ngarrindjeri woman Olivia Brownsey and Wagadagam woman Loyola Wills hit upon the idea of providing overnight bags containing essential items to Aboriginal…

September 2, 2016

. 2 September 2016 This edition of the Guardian’s Quarterly Newsletter features: > The story of Ngarrindjeri  woman Olivia Brownsey and Wagadagam woman Loyola Wills and their project to provide overnight bags containing essential items to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people coming into emergency care. > How new posters promoting the Charter…

August 25, 2016

New indicators to be rolled out by the Guardian’s Office in the last quarter of 2016 will  strengthen and sharpen the focus on Aboriginal[1] culture and community connection in its monitoring of residential care. In her report last week The Life They Deserve, Commissioner Margaret Nyland recognised the over-representation of Aboriginal young people in the…

June 20, 2016

20 June 2016 I write this with rich memories of the Easter long weekend and what I did with my children. When it comes to holidays, my family has traditions. We have family gatherings, we share meals and we celebrate. Life with my children revolves around sport. We play it. We watch it. So, over…