Tag: participation

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…

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…

November 3, 2016

3 November, 2016 Themes from Nyland  #9 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 26, 2016

26 July 2016 Here are seven things that young people in care told us while discussing  ‘Having a Say’ at our youth consultation last week. [1] 1. I do need to talk with you. I need to let you know what is important to me, to get what I want and need and to be kept safe….

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…

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…

March 29, 2016

29 March 2016 To accompany the revised Charter of Rights to be tabled in Parliament early this year will be a new set of posters and other materials.  Guardian’s Office Advocates, graphic designers and an Indigenous consultant met with a small group of young Aboriginal people in care in January 2016 to discuss what would…

March 15, 2016

15 March 2016 At the Charter’s launch at the Adelaide Zoo in 2006, then Minister for Families and Communities, Jay Weatherill congratulated the children and young people, carers and professionals whose work created the Charter. Children and young people in care ‘need to know they can expect to be treated well and cared for properly…