Resources

High Stakes High School: Survey Questions

Our education system must do all that it can to empower South Australia’s children and young people to develop their talents, interests and capabilities in ways that will enable them to make a meaningful contribution to their community. Central to this ambition is...

Bail Conditions for Children

In this Position Brief, The Commissioner is calling for continued and focused effort on reducing the number of children being incarcerated in South Australia’s youth detention centres in line with the fundamental principles of child justice. For this to become a...

LGBTQIA+ Inclusive School Environments

The time spent at school and in school-based activities means it is one of the most critical environments in young people’s lives. When we make a commitment to providing child-friendly and child safe environments for children and young people we must follow through...

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...

No Exceptions: Survey Questions

While many LGBTQIA+ young people lead happy, healthy and productive lives, research consistently shows that LGBTQIA+ people have disproportionately poorer mental health outcomes and are at higher risk of suicidal ideation and behaviours compared to the general...

The Bullying Project: Ideas to Help Prevent Bullying

Children know that quality friendships are a key to preventing bullying at school and that forming friendships can help to build resilience and confidence, particularly among younger school children. They want schools to play more of a role in guiding them on how...

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...

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...

The Blame Game: Survey Questions

Children and young people told the Commissioner that they’re concerned about who is excluded from school and what support excluded students receive to remain engaged with their education. In an effort to capture the voices of children and young people with...

Knowing Your Rights to Education

You have the right to EDUCATION! To learn in a place that’s free from violence.To be treated in a way that’s fair.To be encouraged to attend school regularly.To get extra help if you need it to do your best.

Spotlight: The True Cost of Going to School

Through this sample of 108 government schools from across metropolitan and regional South Australia, we have started the process to identify the significant and ongoing costs, including, but not limited to, those considered ‘essential’, whichare, in reality, the...

Off To Work We Go: Survey Questions

Much of our society and schooling system focuses on preparing children and young people for their futures. From a young age, children are asked ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ As they get older this question changes to ‘what are you going to do when you...

Spotlight on Work Experience

This spotlight report from 2020 aims to bring the voices of young South Australians to the fore, combining their ideas and insights with those of their parents, educators and business leaders across South Australia. The aim of the report is to encourage...

Impact of Periods on School Students in South Australia

An issue highlighted in the Commissioner for Children & Young People’s report Leave No One Behind was period poverty. The report on young people’s perceptions andexperiences of poverty in South Australia identified that some young people are missing school...

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School Uniforms

School uniforms. Some people love them; some people hate them. Their desirability has been discussed at length, with cost; practicality; and their ability to influence academic performance traditionally at the centre of the debate. While these issues still feature...

Sanitary Products in Schools

An issue highlighted in the Commissioner for Children and Young People’s recentreport Leave No One Behind, was ‘period poverty’. The report on young people’s perceptions and experiences of poverty in South Australia identified that some girls are missing school...

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The Impact of the Religious Discrimination Bill 2019

The Commissioner for Children and Young People believes that the draft Religious Discrimination Bill 2019 goes against what children and young people have told the Commissioner they want from today’s society and institutions. They have said that what they want most...

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Drug Education in Schools – What Works, What Doesn’t

This Position Brief outlines why the Commissioner of Children and Young People (2019) that ‘any anti-drug program introduced into an SA school should first be able to demonstrate evidence that it is safe and effective'. Schools should be part of an approach to drug...

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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...