Category: Quarterly newsletters

May 22, 2018

In this edition of the Guardian’s Quarterly Newsletter: The Guardian on the necessity for collaboration and cooperation in child protection A community group doing fantastic work providing backpacks for young people in care and escaping domestic violence The short but eventful history of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Some things we…

May 15, 2018

[Oakden residents] lacked any voice themselves. They were entirely dependent upon others for their care and their safety”. – Commissioner Lander, p190 [1] There are many lessons to be learned from the report by Commissioner Bruce Lander QC on the events at the Oakden nursing home, many of which can be applied to other facilities…

May 8, 2018

The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights is 70 in 2018 and of it’s many grandchildren, the most widely ratified is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). To mark the anniversary, this is the second in the series of short articles about understanding, promoting and safeguarding rights, particularly those…

May 1, 2018

When the state takes over the parenting of a child, that parent has many faces, many hands and, hopefully, many hearts. Pointing the way to a new and better child protection system, Commissioner Margaret Nyland wrote in her preface to The Life They Deserve The new agency cannot operate in isolation. It should coordinate and…

April 5, 2018

Penny Wright is Training Centre Visitor in addition to being Guardian for Children and Young People. Work is well underway to set up the new Training Centre Visitor (TCV) Program established by the Youth Justice Administration Act, 2016. At the heart of the new program is the obligation to listen to and promote the best…

March 13, 2018

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the foundation of international human rights law and just as relevant now as it was when it was created 70 years ago. It represents the recognition that basic rights and fundamental freedoms are inherent to all human beings, whatever their nationality, place of residence, gender, national or ethnic…

February 13, 2018

Following up from Commissioner Nyland’s recommendation #136 in her August 2016 report on child protection systems in South Australia, the Guardian asked CREATE to ask some young people in residential care what they knew about their rights and how they thought that they could be best protected. Here are some of the things they said….

February 8, 2018

In this edition of the Guardian’s Quarterly Newsletter: The latest on the Youth Training Centre Visitor Program and the trial of the Child and Young Person’s Visitor Scheme for residential care What young people in residential care know about their rights and how they believe they could be safeguarded The importance of monitoring bodies to…

January 30, 2018

With the upcoming South Australian election in mind, this is a great opportunity to reflect on the benefits of having a strong and robust democracy, and highlight what it means for the work of my office. Since I started my role as Guardian last year I have been conscious of what a privilege it is…

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…