2023 Child Rights Progress Reports

The Commissioner has released her annual suite of reports examining South Australia’s progress against recommendations made by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in relation to Child Health, Child Justice, Child Protection, Disability, Education, Environment, and Physical Punishment.

Applications for SA SRC 2024 Now Open!

Do you have a passion for making change in your local community? The Commissioner is looking for young people like you to be part of the 2024 SA SRC. If you’re a student in Years 10, 11 or 12 next year, then you are invited to apply to be part of this Statewide Student Representative Council. 

Issue Brief: Developing a 'fit for purpose' mental health care system for 21st century children & young people

Young people continue to report stigma and stereotypes related to mental health, a lack of targeted information about what is available, not feeling heard or taken seriously, and being dismissed when they reach out for help.

Commissioner Connolly's Anti-Poverty Week Statement

This National Anti-Poverty Week (15 – 27 October) Commissioner Connolly is calling on the government to invest in school excurions to support SA families who are doing it tough

2022/23 Annual Report to Children and Young People

Each year, the Commissioner provides a report to South Australian children and young people, letting them know how she’s represented them to key stakeholders.

Keeping Our Promises

Keeping Our Promises is a report on South Australia’s progress on promises made by government to ensure that children in this State are healthy, safe and thriving.

Missing Voices: Mental Health challenges as described by primary school children

As part of Mental Health Awareness Month the Commissioner has produced a booklet containing 48 quotes that show there can be no doubt some primary school aged children across our communities are facing mental health challenges with which they need our help. 

The Things That Matter 4

The Things That Matter 4 is the sum of 16,007 postcards received by the Commissioner from children aged 8-12, featuring the things kids like the most about being a kid, what they worry about, what they want grown ups to know, and what kids think would make the world a better place.

Safe and Sound

Read the views and experiences of young South Australians on public transport.

Read the full Report here


Period Positive Sports Clubs

Young people report missing out on a range of activities they enjoy when they have their period. This guide will help sporting clubs ensure that members who menstruate feel supported and comfortable while playing sport.

Best Interests

SA children and young people who have experiences of the state’s child protection system have told their Commissioner it needs to change.

Read the full Report here


High Stakes High School

What do South Australian young people have to say about their Year 12 experience ? Read the full report here


Civics & Citizenship SA

Civics & Citizenship SA is your one-stop online portal for all things civics and citizenship in South Australia! It’s where you’ll find civics opportunities, educational resources and ways to get involved in your community. Search the Civics Directory for events, awards, and programs relating to civics education.

Advocacy Agenda 2022+

Commissioner Helen Connolly has compiled the priority issues and concerns she has heard about from SA’s children and young people into her new Advocacy Agenda  DOWNLOAD IT HERE

Stereotypes and Sexism

The views and experiences of SA school children.
Read the full report


Becoming a Child Friendly Sports Club

Find out what children and young people say will make local sports clubs more friendly.

Respecting the Online Rights of Children and Young People

In our data-driven world it is our responsibility to make the internet safe for young people by implementing practices and policies that ensure their ‘data’ is being treated with the utmost care and respect.

SA young people repeatedly calling for urgent action on climate change

“At this rate, our job in the future will be to live with the impact that past generations have left on our Earth. The government needs to address climate change and realise it isn’t science fiction – it’s real life and if we don’t do anything about it soon, it will be too late. 

Read what else they told the Commissioner here:

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Every right, for every child! On 20 November 1989 the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. More than 195 countries have ratified this document since, making it the most important human rights treaty in history! Do you know what rights it contains?  Click here to find out 







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