Tag: child_protection

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…

March 27, 2018

The Productivity Commission’s 2016-17 Report on Government Services (ROGS) helps understanding of how the South Australian Government’s expenditure on child protection has changed and how it compares with other states. Child protection services expenditure in SA per child* has increased significantly from $749 to $1,396 in the period 2013-14 to 2016-17 but the real interest is…

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…