Resources

Building Youth-Friendly Local Communities

To build a strong state where young people can be confident, connected, and creative, the adults in their lives need to find ways to involve them more in their local communities. This includes engaging young people as capable citizens, facilitating their...

Barriers to Civic Participation for Children and Young People

Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) says children and young people have a right to have a say on all issues that affect them and for their views to be taken seriously. To ascertain the extent to which current state...

The Things That Matter to Children

Through the Commissioner’s Student Voice Postcard initiative South Australian primary school aged children have consistently said that there are four things that matter to them more than most. Not surprisingly one of these is the environment. Another is school and...

My Digital Life: Survey Questions

In 2020, the Commissioner sought to better understand children and young people’s thoughts about the devices and data they use, how important this is in their lives, how they engage with the digital world, and whether they have any issues accessing the Internet or...

Supporting Students’ Voice, Agency and Wellbeing in Schools

A good education and relevant qualifications are critical to the future of every young person and are vital ingredients to success. Students are passionate about their education and what choices completing it will offer them beyond school. They’re also aware they...

A Quick Guide to TikTok for Parents

We want children and young people to embrace the internet to learn, share, collaborate and participate in civic life with free expression. We also need to ensure that when they do so they are kept safe. When it comes to dealing with young people’s personal...

A Quick Guide to Instagram for Parents

We want children and young people to embrace the internet to learn, share, collaborate and participate in civic life with free expression. We also need to ensure that when they do so they are kept safe. When it comes to dealing with young people’s personal...

What Young People Have Told Us About…

Since 2017, SA Commissioner for Children and Young People, Helen Connolly has spoken with thousands of South Australian kids to find out what they think are the most important issues of our time. The following fact sheets present their views and ideas in relation...

Conscious Cities: Wellbeing Infrastructure

Young people have given us clear direction around what they need to relax, play and engage in leisure activities. They have told us they want wellbeing infrastructure that supports them to be connected, confident and creative. When their passions are showcased and...

Knowing Your Rights to Freedom of Expression

You have the right to FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION! You have the right to express your views, freely.You have the right to have your views heard.You have the right to have your views taken seriously.Your views are important!

Reducing the Voting Age

There are people of all ages who openly dislike politics and political campaigns. They begrudgingly line up at the ballot box to cast their vote in what can feel like an endless cycle of federal and state elections, because they are required to do so by law. But...

Manage Your Sharenting

A new baby. A toddler taking their first steps. A child’s first day at school. A teenager getting their driver’s licence or securing their first job. All amazing milestones in a young person’s life worthy of much celebration! Often, proud parents will try to...

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What do SA Kids Have to Say?

In 2019, Commissioner for Children and Young People Helen Connolly polled South Australian kids about the things that are important to them. The children and young people aged 4-18 were asked about their heroes, their hopes for the future, how they spend their...

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Growing Confident, Connected, Creative Regional Kids

As part of a global youth generation, regional young people in South Australiaknow more than prior generations about what they can achieve and about what they can expect from leaders in their community, including how they want to betreated. This summary document...

Democracy in Action: What happened when 16 & 17 year olds voted?

Democracy in Action is an innovative civics engagement project from 2019 giving young people practical skills in enrolling and completing a ballot paper. DiA was designed by the Commissioner for Children and Young People in partnership with the Centre of Democracy...

Our Approach to Participation and Engagement

This Position Brief sets out the Commissioner’s Commissioner’s approach to participation and engagement in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) says...

Our Approach to Gaming

Children and young people have been telling the Commissioner how important gaming is to them, not only as a recreation activity but as a connector to a social community. The Commissioner has had many conversations with children and young people on the meaning of...

Front & Centre – CCYP Strategic Agenda 2018-2022

This document outlines the broad focus areas of the Commissioner for Children and Young People South Australia for 2018 to 2022. It has been prepared to inform and engage the community about the work of the Commissioner. The document outlines: Platforms that will...