Category: Quarterly newsletters

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…

November 28, 2017

28 November 2017 Mission Australia, as a rights-based organisation, found a natural fit with the Charter of Rights says Flexible Learning Option (FLO) Case Manager for Mission Australia, Danielle Stewart. ‘We see a number of young people in care in FLO, but the Charter also appeals to us because the rights are so widely applicable…

November 21, 2017

21 November 2017 In June 2017, 550 of the 3,484 children and young people in out of home care in South Australia lived in either residential or emergency care rather than home-based care such as foster, relative or kinship care. We know that residential care should do more than just warehouse vulnerable children and young…

November 14, 2017

14 November 2017 In this edition of the Guardian’s Quarterly Newsletter: Two bills that would profoundly affect young people encountering the youth justice system A scheme to visit young people in residential and emergency care What is therapeutic residential care The Charter of Rights and one major NGO Some lyrics from a young song writer…

November 7, 2017

7 November 2017 It is now just over three months since I took up the role of Guardian and to say it has been a busy time is an understatement! A new job always brings many pressing tasks – but I have been keen to get out into the field and meet as many people…

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…