Tag: access_to_family

May 3, 2016

3 May 2016 One of the Guardian’s Office’s functions is to advocate for children and young people in state care and youth justice detention whose issues are not adequately represented elsewhere. Four issues have consistently dominated requests to the Office for advocacy. They are: unsatisfactory placement lack of participation in decision-making being or feeling unsafe lack…

May 29, 2012

In the context of the Office’s Sibling Contact Inquiry Report, Executive Director of Families SA David Waterford accepted our offer to talk about his own views and some Families SA initiatives. David said: Getting to know and share experiences with siblings is a big part of growing up and important in shaping our identity and…

September 26, 2011

Because I love them and they’re the most closest people to me; they’re important to me (young person in interview, 2011) Siblings are very important to children. For children and young people in care the situations surrounding sibling relationships are often highly complex. The number of siblings they have, the time they enter care and…

July 3, 2011

Siblings are extremely important for children and young people in care and the situations surrounding these relationships are often highly complex.  Who children view as their siblings can differ remarkably from traditional definitions, adding to the complexity faced by people making placement decisions. During 2011 we will inquire: What children in care say about contact with their siblings and…

August 26, 2010

Contact with their siblings is important for many children and young people in care and is widely recognised as beneficial to their happiness, wellbeing and personal growth. The Charter of Rights asserts that children and young people have the right to keep in contact with the people who help them feel good about themselves. The…

May 11, 2009

In Australia Aboriginal children and young people are in alternative care at almost nine times the rate of other children. The size of the over-representation and the consequences mean we should take a look at some of the specific issues surrounding Aboriginal kids in care. Perhaps it is hard for non-Aboriginal people to completely understand…

February 17, 2009

I travel the state between September and December each year to ask agencies and workers how well the care system is working for children and young people. The information I collect is the basis of further discussions with key agencies and a report to the Minister. My thanks to the 295 people I met at…

April 23, 2007

The Office of the Guardian’s Monitoring Framework is the basis of our monitoring and intervention.  It is derived from the Charter of Rights and contains 12 statements which encompass our aspirations for children and young people in care. This child lives in a kind and nurturing environment. This child is safe and feels safe. This child is loved. This child is…