In 2015, children and young people in South Australia were consulted about what they wanted in a children’s Commissioner. They said they wanted someone they could trust, someone who understood them and who knew what was going on.
I want to fulfil these expectations and work with children and young people, their parents, family members, carers, professionals, policy makers and the broader community to build families and communities where children and young people are safe, healthy, engaged and valued. My team and I will align our work of the five years of my term to the following key goals, objectives which we will measure by four key outcomes:
- Promote and protect the rights, interests and well-being of children and young people and amplify their experiences, insights and opinions.
- Provide oversight and advocacy to strengthen the development and wellbeing of children and young people.
- Develop opportunities for children and young people’s participation in decision making and contribution to public, civic and community life.
Champion children and young people’s rights and work with the broader community to respect and support their inclusion in laws, policies and decision making.
Connect with children and young people’s enthusiasm and capacity for innovation and identify and create opportunities for them to engage and influence change.
Monitor, investigate, research, make submissions and advocate for change in laws, policies, programs and practices or issues that negatively impact on children and young people.
Advise leaders and decision makers on how to improve the development and wellbeing of South Australia’s children and young people.
Partner and collaborate with organisations and systems to include children and young people as stakeholders and to incorporate their perspectives and views in policy and system reforms.
Our work will be measured by the following four outcomes:
- Decision makers are actively engaging children and young people as stakeholders and considering their rights and interests in a systemic way.
- Children and young people whose views are seldom heard have more opportunities to inform key decision makers on the effectiveness of the system in protecting and promoting their rights, interests and needs.
- Children, young people and their families are better equipped to understand the digital world and feel empowered to access its benefits and manage its risks.
- Children and young people have meaningful ways to participate and make a contribution across public, civic and community life.