Tag: residential_care

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…

October 10, 2016

10 October, 2016 Themes from Nyland  #6 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…

September 26, 2016

26 September, 2016 Themes from Nyland  #4 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…

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…

August 4, 2015

Around 30 per cent of children and young people in care identify as Aboriginal and the issue of what is the best care for those not able to be placed in family-based care is yet to be fully addressed. Early in 2015, the Guardian commissioned a review of the literature which provides some strong indicators…