Tag: annual_reviews

September 19, 2017

19 September 2017 The Guardian’s Office has been auditing the Annual Reviews of children in care for 10 years now.  We do this to advocate for the children, to see how well the Reviews work and to identify broader systemic issues. Annual reviews are an important means of monitoring the quality of services provided and…

December 8, 2016

8 December, 2016 During 2015-16, the Senior Advocate of the Office attended 152 annual reviews to sample how children in care are faring overall, to learn how effectively the reviews are being done, and, in some cases, to advocate for children. Although the sample is not random and comprised only 6% of the children and young…

October 22, 2015

Each year the circumstances of each child and young person in long-term state care are required to be reviewed at a meeting called for that purpose. The Office of the Guardian for Children and Young People attends some of the Annual Reviews as part of its monitoring function and to advocate for improved outcomes. This external…

October 27, 2014

Each year the circumstances of each child and young person in long-term state care are required to be reviewed at a meeting called for that purpose. It is a time when the adults in the child’s life come together to consider the child’s stability, sense of belonging, connectedness to carer and birth families, cultural identity,…

February 25, 2014

  I write this letter fresh from the celebration of a new year which, for many of us, is a short holiday and time to take stock.  The brave among us make resolutions. Some people are good far-sighted life planners, others are good at setting bite-sized goals with or without a life plan. Planning for…

February 21, 2012

Youth Advisory Committee The Youth Advisors now meet as the Youth Advisory Committee and in the past months they have advised on topics such as contact with siblings, Life Story Books, Other Person Guardianship, the ending of relationships with social workers and their experience of using complaints mechanisms. Advocate visits to residential care In the…

September 20, 2011

In 2010-11 the Office of the Guardian audited 246 annual reviews in total, conducted in 16 Families SA offices.  This was 12 per cent of the reviews that should have been conducted in the year. A full report of the audit is provided to the Minister for Families and Communities, following opportunity for comment from Families…

September 20, 2010

It is required by law in South Australia that there will be a review at least once in each year of the circumstances of each child under the guardianship of the Minister until the child attains 18 years of age. The Office of the Guardian attends  and audits annual reviews to: provide further external accountability…