In this program, we find out about the work of the South Australian Commissioner for Children and Young People.
The position of the Commissioner is an independent position, established under the Children and Young People (Oversight and Advocacy Bodies) Act of 2016. This legislation was introduced by the South Australian Parliament in response to a recommendation made by the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission, the Nyland Commission.
The purpose of creating this position of Commissioner was to provide the powers and functions to advocate for and improve the wellbeing of children and young people in South Australia. The Commissioner’s role includes the responsibility to promote and advocate for the rights and interests of all children and young people in SA, and to promote the participation of children and young people in the making of decisions that affect their lives. The Act specifically requires the Commissioner to engage with groups of children and young people whose ability to make their views known is limited for any reason.
To find out more about the work of the Commissioner for Children and Young People, we talk with the Commissioner, Helen Connolly.
If you would like more information, you can visit the Commission’s website.
This program was made possible with support from the Community Broadcasting Foundation. Find out more at cbf.org.au