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 of Work: Coming ready or not

Future of Work: Coming ready or not

Young people still turn to their parents for career advice and to plan for post school pathways. Many parents however feel that they are not adequately equipped to inform them. In a recent survey commissioned by my office, 400 parents of 14–20 year olds in South Australia were asked how prepared they felt to provide meaningful advice to their children.

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Feb 4, 2019
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Children and Young People deserve our accountability

Children and Young People deserve our accountability

Feedback mechanisms are considered essential for building transparency and trust, improving outcomes and processes, providing higher quality services and proving as indicators of problems. There is also an increasing understanding that the best feedback systems are designed with the users at centre and in culturally and contextually competent ways.

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Sep 28, 2018
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It’s National Child Protection Week

It’s National Child Protection Week

he Child Protection theme this year is ‘play your part’ with a focus on listening to children and young people. I spoke to the audience in Elder Hall about the importance of respecting and valuing our children and highlighted the fact that there needed to be a change in how we view children and young people in order to make any real changes in the prevention of child abuse.

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Sep 7, 2018
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Place and Space: Planning for the future with young people

Place and Space: Planning for the future with young people

ometimes I get to the end of the week and realise that a theme has emerged that maybe I didn’t predict at the beginning. This has been one of those weeks and the theme has been public spaces and in particular the places where young people hang out. My office is currently working on a project asking young people what they think would make our city a more welcoming place for young people. 

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Aug 17, 2018
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Imagine Being 25: the hopes and dreams of South Australia’s regional children and young people

Imagine Being 25: the hopes and dreams of South Australia’s regional children and young people

Last year when I started as Commissioner I went around the State and asked children and young people what they wanted to change, what they wanted me to do and what was important to them. In regional areas there was a real sense that they love where they live and they get to do lots of outdoor activities, like having bonfires and riding motor bikes. 

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Jun 8, 2018