Resources

The Commissioner has produced a suite of resources relating to what South Australian children and young people have told her about health. These resources are listed in date order from newest to oldest. You can search the Publications Directory by subject for information on a specific topic.

Vaping Survey Key Findings: Survey Questions

Amid growing public concern about the prevalence and impacts of vaping among teenagers in South Australia, the Commissioner asked young people to share their thoughts on vaping. The Commissioner was particularly interested in finding out from young people how...

COVID-19 Survey Key Findings: Survey Questions

For young people today, the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to be one of the most formative experiences of their lives, significantly redefining their outlook and opportunities. To understand the thoughts and experiences of young people during the pandemic, the...

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...

Sex Education in South Australia: Survey Questions

The Commissioner has repeatedly heard from children and young people that healthy relationships are some of the things they value most, and that they want the opportunity to learn about the best ways to form and maintain them. To better understand the needs of...

Menstruation Matters: Survey Questions

During the Commissioner's consultations. many young people mentioned about the stigma they associate with menstruation, about the lack of knowledge they have about their bodies, about the lack of information they have about how to manage their periods, and how...

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...

Knowing Your Rights to Good Health

You have the right to GOOD HEALTH! To have safe water to drink and nutritious food to eat.To live in a clean and safe environment.To get medical care if you are sick or injured.To be given information about health and nutrition.

Being Healthy Guide

More than perhaps any other generation, today’s young people are acutely aware of the diversity of their peers, both in South Australia and around the world. The first truly global generation, young people value diversity and place a huge importance on personal...

Reflections on COVID-19: Survey Questions

For young people today, the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to be one of the most formative experiences of their lives, significantly redefining their outlook and opportunities. To gauge the impact that COVID-19 had on South Australian children and young people's...

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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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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Sanitary Product Supply to School Students in South Australia

This Position Brief explores ‘period poverty' and access to sanitary products across 48 public high schools in metro and regional SA. An issue highlighted in the Commissioner for Children and Young People’s recent report Leave No One Behind, was ‘period poverty’....

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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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Mandatory Drug Treatment Orders for Children and Young People

This Issue Brief by the Commissioner for Children and Young People (2019) outlines how the Commissioner believes that mandatory treatment orders for children and young people violate their fundamental rights. It also risks causing lifelong harm without actually...

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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...