Tag: social_workers

March 4, 2014

We wish for every child that they grow up with a healthy sense of themselves as worthwhile and with a strong connection to family, community and culture. How to turn this aspiration into practice for children in care was the question 85 attendees at the Charter Champions’ Forum in November last year set out to…

February 25, 2014

  I write this letter fresh from the celebration of a new year which, for many of us, is a short holiday and time to take stock.  The brave among us make resolutions. Some people are good far-sighted life planners, others are good at setting bite-sized goals with or without a life plan. Planning for…

August 9, 2013

The popular video Why You’re Important to Me, formerly available only on DVD, is now on YouTube.  This fun animation reveals the feelings young people in care have about their social workers based on interviews collected as part of the Guardian’s inquiry Quality Contact between Children and Young People and their Workers in 2009.  …

March 19, 2012

While undertaking the mental health project file audit, an Office staff member had cause to read a handwritten goodbye letter to a child from his social worker. The social worker reflected on the child’s achievements, strengths and what she would remember about working with him. Youth Advisors and staff began to talk about the inevitable…

September 20, 2011

In 2010-11 the Office of the Guardian audited 246 annual reviews in total, conducted in 16 Families SA offices.  This was 12 per cent of the reviews that should have been conducted in the year. A full report of the audit is provided to the Minister for Families and Communities, following opportunity for comment from Families…

June 2, 2011

My 2011 consultation with health, education and child protection workers is nearing an end and I have had the benefit of a great deal of practitioners’ knowledge about how well we are doing in looking after children. There was much talk of difficult decisions in removing children from families, decisions that are never made lightly…

February 28, 2011

The Guardian for Children and Young People monitors the circumstances of children under the guardianship, or in the custody, of the Minister for Families and Communities. The feedback and findings of monitoring activities are reported directly to the agencies involved and to the Minister. The Report on the Wellbeing of c&yp in care in SA…

August 3, 2010

Children and young people value a good relationship with their social worker.  They want the worker to spend time just with them and for the worker to get to know them.  They see the social worker as important to their safety and in resolving issues. The What makes a good social worker? fact sheet combines interviews from…