Commissioner’s Opinion

Through her work as South Australia’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, Helen Connolly is driving home the message that listening to children and young people should be our priority. Helen firmly believes that, where possible, we should work with children and young people to co-design solutions that take into account their opinions, ideas and lived experience. Below are opionion editorials written by Helen and published by mainstream media and shared on socials.

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CCYP's Opinion
Future Generations: 2020 is a pivotal year for our common future.

Future Generations: 2020 is a pivotal year for our common future.

Today marks the final day of this year’s Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland. In its 50th year, the World Economic Forum’s mission statement of being ‘the foremost creative force for engaging the world’s top leaders in collaborative activities to shape the global, regional and industry agendas at the beginning of each year’ appears to be increasingly necessary.

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Jan 24, 2020
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When I’m 25…

When I’m 25…

This really is like asking ‘how long is a piece of string’. Each group of children and young people I meet is different. Each group has a different purpose and each individual a unique view of the world. But having said that, I do, like everyone else, group children and young people together in an effort to try and make sense of patterns I see in raw data.

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Aug 29, 2019
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Children are by nature respectful

Children are by nature respectful

ach year National Reconciliation Week celebrates and creates a space and time for us all to think about how we live and work together as Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians. At the heart of these celebrations is the call to examine the relationship between the broader Australian community and Australia’s First Nation’s peoples.

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May 31, 2019
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Young people know what will deliver a more youthful city– if only we’d ask them

Young people know what will deliver a more youthful city– if only we’d ask them

Evidence shows that young people worldwide are seeking opportunities to participate in building communities that value their energy and naturally innovative approach. For cities to have a strong economic and cultural life, we need to ask young people what they need and want — and what they want is cities that are connected, creative and confident.

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Apr 12, 2019