Why is there a Commissioner for Children and Young People?
The South Australian Commissioner for Children and Young People is an independent position, established under the Children and Young People (Oversight and Advocacy Bodies) Act 2016. This legislation was introduced to the South Australian Parliament in response to the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission 2014.
The purpose of the legislation was to create a statutory officer that has powers and functions to promote and advocate for the rights, interests and wellbeing of all children and young people living in South Australia and to help bring about improvements to the systems that negatively impact on them most.
The work of the Commissioner for Children and Young People is guided by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; the core international treaty established in 1989 to which Australia is a signatory. This important agreement sets out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of children around the world.
The Commissioner aims to ensure that as a part of the Australian Commonwealth, South Australia enacts its international obligations under this Convention.