YOUR RIGHTS – Advocates for Children and Young People
Advocates for children and young people
Office of the Guardian for Children and Young People in care
GCYP is a monitoring and advocacy body for children in care.
In some circumstances, GCYP can directly represent the voice and views of children, if there is a need for an independent advocate to do so. GCYP do not provide support for the adults or represent their views and wishes.
The Ombudsman is independent, and investigates complaints about South Australian government and local government agencies and receives information about state and local government activities confidentially from whistleblowers.
Legal Rights for children and young people
Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement (ALRM)
ALRM provides justice without prejudice to Aboriginal people in South Australia. Staff can help with matters including family law, criminal law, stolen generation compensation claims, and money issues.
1800 643 222
Department for Child Protection
The Department for Child Protection works to keep South Australia’s children safe by protecting them from abuse and harm and providing alternative care for children and young people when living at home is no longer an option.
Head office – 8124 4185
Central Complaints Unit – 1800 003 305
Disability Advocacy Complaint Service SA (DACSSA)
DACSSA provides information and advocacy support to individuals, families, carers and communities.
Legal Services Commission
For clarification on the guardianship status of a child or young person not living with a biological parent (ie friend, relative)
Telephone Advice Line open from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Fast free legal advice:
1300 366 424
Complaints line for children and young people
Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner
HCSCC assists service users, carers and service providers – this includes government, private and non-government health and community services – to try and resolve complaints about community services in South Australia.