Tag: disability

November 15, 2016

15 November, 2016 Themes from Nyland  #11 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…

July 5, 2016

5 July 2016 Students with disabilities are not a homogeneous group.  They each have abilities, dreams and circumstances and often a unique history of loss and trauma. They have to negotiate and seek out many of the things that other children take for granted. They work by different rules, they are the subject of written plans…

June 7, 2016

7 June 2016 We have just released our report Children and Young People in State Care in SA Government Schools – 2008-2015 Reading the most recent NAPLAN results, rates of suspension and exclusion, rates of disability and attendance figures together gives a more complete picture of how children and young people in care are doing in the…

October 9, 2015

The Guardian’s submission and evidence given to the Legislative Council Inquiry into Access to the Education System for Students with Disabilities is now available. In important ways, children in care are the same as other children – they have ability, strength, ‘regular’ insecurities and they want to be treated the same. However, they do face more obstacles:…

September 4, 2012

  Community Accommodation and Respite Agency (Cara) became the 48th organisation to endorse the Charter of Rights when it received its certificate on June 27th. For over 60 years, Cara has provided accommodation and respite support services across South Australia for people with severe and multiple disabilities and their families. Todd Williams, Executive Manager, Respite…

August 21, 2012

A recent report from the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner on the relinquishment of children with disabilities into state care reminded me of the importance of child protection and disability services working closely together. The case studies were heart-wrenching and the desperation of families in trying to find enough external support was unmistakable….

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…

February 13, 2012

      In 2010 there were 1,338 children in care ‘located in, and actively attending’  government schools. (1)     Disability According to the education department’s assessment, 33.7 per cent of children in care who attend government schools were recorded as having a disability.  This compares to nine per cent, for the state. Disability data is…

December 8, 2011

The Guardian’s Office  celebrates 2011 International Human Rights Day with the launch of six sets of flashcards for teaching children and young people with disabilities about their rights.  The cards simplify the 37 rights in South Australia’s Charter of Rights for Children and Young People in Care into seven key messages in sets tailored to suit three ability groups for girls and young women…