The Commissioner’s Opinion
Through her work as South Australia’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, Helen Connolly is driving 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.
“If we are to succeed in building a future for our children and young people that they wish to be a part of, then we must place their wellbeing at the heart of everything we do.”
Helen uses a variety of ways to communicate this message to government and community decision makers who who devise policy and processes impacting on children and young people living in South Australia or who deliver services directly to them.
Helen also writes regular opinion pieces for Medium, LinkedIn and mainstream press, and is often asked to comment on subjects relating to issues that impact on children and young people. She attends a variety of events and conferences where she presents findings on a range of subjects she has consulted with children and young people about.
A chronology of articles Helen has written since coming to office in April 2017 is provided here for your convenience. Please feel free to share these with your networks.
Visit the projects area of the website to see what subjects the Commissioner has explored with South Australia’s children and young people and the publications area to obtain reports on these consultations.
|Sep 13,||We must protect children from COVID poverty|
|Sep 2, 2020||Where do the Children Play?|
|April 13, 2020||Plan for play this school holidays|
|April 3, 2020||School is where the heart is for some SA kids|
|March 20, 2020||Regional regeneration with SA young people|
|February 11, 2020||Learning to surf the Internet safely|
|January 24, 2020||2020 is a pivotal year for our common future|
|December 6, 2019||Children and young people ‘falling off the edge’|
|August 29, 2019||When I’m 25: asking young people about their future|
|July 12, 2019||Leave No-one Behind say 200 SA young people|
|May 31, 2019||Children are by nature respectful|
|May 17, 2019||Federal Election Priorities|
|April 12, 2019||Young people know what will deliver a more youthful city|
|March 22, 2019||Mental Health – what kids say they need|
|February 27, 2019||The world is changing for regional young people|
|February 4, 2019||Future of work: coming ready or not|
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