Tag: child-safe_environments

September 12, 2017

12 September, 2017 In emergency care (sometimes referred to as commercial care or, previously in the media, ‘kids in motels’) children are housed in temporary accommodation (such as houses and units) by rotating shifts of workers with minimal specialist training employed by commercial providers. These arrangements are very unsuitable for children in out of home…

June 20, 2017

20 June 2017 . I recently had the opportunity to speak with the Legislative Council Select Committee on Statutory Child Protection and Care specifically about the Children and Young People (Safety) Bill 2017, following my two written submissions in January and February. All three submissions were about  the children and young people whose interests I…

February 7, 2017

7 February, 2017 One of the greatest issues facing us when we remove children from their birth families is finding safe, stable and nurturing homes in which they can live. In the second part of this three-part article we look at the problems in residential care identified in Commissioner Nyland’s October 2016 report and the…

September 19, 2016

19 September, 2016 Themes from Nyland  #3 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 25, 2016

New indicators to be rolled out by the Guardian’s Office in the last quarter of 2016 will  strengthen and sharpen the focus on Aboriginal[1] culture and community connection in its monitoring of residential care. In her report last week The Life They Deserve, Commissioner Margaret Nyland recognised the over-representation of Aboriginal young people in the…

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…

November 30, 2015

The Australian Children’s Commissioners and Guardians’ (ACCG) met in Canberra on 25 and 26 November 2015. The purpose of the ACCG is to strengthen the quality and effectiveness of strategic advocacy to promote and protect the safety, well-being and rights of children in Australia, particularly the most vulnerable or disadvantaged. Aunty Violet Sheridan welcomed to country all…

March 31, 2015

. . Thirty-five young people under, or previously under, the the guardianship of the Minister gave their views of the child protection system in a consultation with the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission on the afternoon of 25 March 2015.  The young people were invited to work through a series of scenarios involving an imaginary family and their…

April 26, 2012

The Guardian’s Office monitors the circumstances of children under the guardianship, or in the custody, of the Minister. The feedback and findings collected during monitoring activities are reported in detail to the agencies involved and to the relevant Minister. In the 2010-11 report we focussed on children’s safety, security and stability of placement, contact with…