My work and the work of my team is driven by a practical commitment to achieving outcomes which improve the lives of South Australia’s children and young people. It is grounded in child rights protection and systemic advocacy.
How my team and I work is equally important.
We have documented a number of our approaches to provide an overview of why we work in certain ways, and how this informs our work.
Our approaches are underpinned by the following principles:
We are an independent statutory authority guided by principles of fairness, impartiality, children’s best interests and freedom from external influence
- Applying our values
We are guided by our values of independence, child rights centric, accountability, and meaningful impact.
- Strengthening protections of children’s rights
We aim at influencing a range of decision makers across politics, government, service providers and the broader community on a diversity of issues related to the wellbeing of South Australian children and young people. Fundamental to our advocacy is strengthening protections for children and upholding the primacy of ‘best interests’.
- Engaging children and young people
We engage directly with children and young people and seek their views on a range of issues relevant to them. We respect their interests in the public arena, collaborate with and amplify their voices, and support and promote their contribution and participation.
We seek the views, opinions, experiences, needs and issues of a diversity of children and young people. We pay particular attention to those who, for a variety of social, economic, cultural and ability reasons, struggle to have their voices heard.