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 knew what was going on.
The Commissioner wants to fulfil these expectations and work with 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.
We will align our work to the following key goals and objectives:
- Promote and protect the rights, interests and wellbeing 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 these 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