Tag: child_protection

October 30, 2017

30 October 2017 The number of children and young people in the care and guardianship of the Minister in South Australia at 30 June 2017 was 3,296.[1]  up from 1,791 at 30 June 2007. Most were in the 10-14 years age range and the distribution is shown in this graph. Rates of growth of those…

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…

July 18, 2017

18 July 2017 We dig into the data and comments from our June 2017 Coordination and Collaboration Survey,to see how staff in Department of Education and Child Development (DECD) schools and Department for Child Protection (DCP) workers view the prevalence of coordination and collaboration in their relationship. (1)  C and C occurs… never not normal…

July 4, 2017

4 July 2017 Our thanks to the 384 people from all corners of the child protection system who responded to the Coordination and Collaboration Survey June 2017. Respondents were asked to record their perceptions of a range of important relationships as they experienced them in June 2017 and the extent of change they had noticed…

December 1, 2016

  1 December, 2016The Guardian for Children and Young People Amanda Shaw has welcomed the Government’s announcements and additional investment in response to the Nyland Royal Commission Report. ‘These undertakings, if carried through, will mark a significant breakthrough in promoting the wellbeing of all children in our state and meeting the needs of those in…

November 28, 2016

28 November, 2016 Commissioner Nyland’s two year inquiry into child protection in South Australia has produced a document that is comprehensive and detailed. The Guardian’s Office Child Protection Reform Checklist identifies the major themes from The life they deserve: Child Protection Systems Royal Commission Report, and checklists the responses we look for as the government and community…

November 15, 2016

15 November, 2016 Young people in care are much more likely than their age peers to be involved with the youth justice system and a recent analysis by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)[1] has demonstrated exactly to what extent. Of the 30,402 young people involved in the child protection system or under…

November 8, 2016

8 November, 2016 Themes from Nyland  #10 The team from the Guardian’s office have analysed the 850 pages and 260 recommendations from The life they deserve: Child Protection Systems Royal Commission Report[1].  We have extracted some themes and priorities to allow us to critique the government’s response, judge the improvements over time and to shape…

August 29, 2016

In response to the revelations in Commissioner Nyland’s report on the South Australian child protection system there has been a genuine outpouring of concern from the public, the media and our parliamentarians and a universal desire that reform will start quickly and be profound. The creation of a Children’s Commissioner has been one of the…

June 23, 2016

I am pleased to hear the Government’s commitment to creating the new Department for Child Protection and I look forward to the Guardian’s Office developing a strong relationship with the new Chief Executive and leadership team. I welcome Commissioner Nyland’s recommendation that the new Department for Child Protection ‘must be headed by a Chief Executive…