Our Approach

Our work is driven by a practical commitment to achieve outcomes which improve the lives of South Australian children and young people.  Our work is grounded in child rights protection and systemic advocacy.

How we 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:

  • Independence

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 community across a diversity of issues and target groups. Fundamental to our advocacy is strengthening protections for children and upholding the primacy of ‘best interests’.

  • Engaging children and young people

We directly engage with children and young people and seek their views, respect their interests in the public arena, collaborate with them, amplify their voices and support and promote their contribution and participation.

  • Inclusivity

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.