Tag: talking_to_children

August 8, 2017

1 August 2017 The Guardian’s Office received 292 requests for intervention in the 12 months to 30 June, 2017. Of those, the Office found that 57 were out of the Guardian’s mandate.[1] The remaining 235 in-mandate enquiries represented 321 individual children.[2]  Of the 235 inquiries: 137 were requests for advocacy 43 were consultations about action…

July 11, 2017

11 July 2017 For abuse of a child to occur, the first necessary condition is that the child remain silent, that their voice not be heard.  This silence may be engineered by the abuser, using their status, fear or shame. It may be engineered by institutions that are passive in protecting children or complicit in…

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…

December 8, 2016

8 December, 2016 During 2015-16, the Senior Advocate of the Office attended 152 annual reviews to sample how children in care are faring overall, to learn how effectively the reviews are being done, and, in some cases, to advocate for children. Although the sample is not random and comprised only 6% of the children and young…

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…