The Charter of Rights for Children and Young People in Care states simply and clearly the rights of children and young people who are under the guardianship or in the custody of the Chief Executive of the Department for Child Protection.
The South Australian Parliament has legislated that any person involved with children in care in a formal capacity, such as a social worker or a carer, must consider and ‘seek to implement to the fullest extent possible, the terms of the Charter’ (Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017). The Charter is promoted and monitored by the Office of the Guardian for Children and Young People.You can download a copy of the Charter here.
Advocating for the rights of children in care
The Charter is used by children and young people to negotiate changes when their rights are not being met. It is used by adults to discuss rights with young people and to advocate with them and for them. Using the Charter in individual advocacy.
Endorsing the Charter
The Charter has been endorsed by most organisations providing services for children and young people in care in South Australia. By doing so they have agreed to support the rights outlined in the Charter and to distribute and display Charter information. There is more information on the Endorsing the Charter page.
Being a Charter Champion
Organisations that endorse the Charter agree to appoint a Charter Champion at each of the sites that engage with children and young people in care. Champions liaise with the Guardian's Office, ensuring that materials are distributed to children and young people and displayed prominently. They support the rights of their young clients and work with them and for them to use all of the available means to see their rights respected. There is more information on the Charter Champion page.
More about the Charter
- What does the Charter say?
- Who has endorsed the Charter?
- More about being a Charter Champion
- What materials are available for distribution by endorsing agencies to children and young people in care?
- How do we endorse the Charter?
- Using the Charter in individual advocacy
If you have any more questions about the Charter you can contact the Guardian's Office on 8226 8570 or email Mardy.McDonald2@sa.gov.au