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...

Public Libraries

This Position Brief outlines how the Commissioner urges the Commonwealth, State and Local authorities to invest in public libraries. Public libraries have unique value to children and young people, both to inspire them to read and to provide them with a safe and...

Safe and Sound: Survey Questions

Transport is central to how young people experience their community and affects almost every aspect of their lives. Young people’s access to a full range of reliable, consistent and integrated transport options is not just a ‘nice to have’ – it is an essential...

Building Period Positive Sports Clubs

It is essential that young players are treated with dignity and respect, especially when it comes to matters of reproductive health and menstruation. This is essential to ensuring that young people who are menstruating feel supported so they can continue to...

Becoming a Child Friendly Sports Club

Social and competitive sports are how a large portion of South Australian children and young people choose to spend their free time. It is vital that sporting clubs and organisations provide inclusive and child-friendly environments to ensure fair and equitable...

More Than a Game: Survey Questions

As in all areas of life, children and young people have many and often differing views on what they enjoy about sport, what they dislike and what they would change in order to either improve their enjoyment of sport or increase participation levels. To gauge the...

From Checkbox to Commitment: Survey Questions

To shine a light on the experiences of children and young people living with disability and to fulfill my obligations to represent their interests, the Commissioner undertook a targeted listening project during 2020 and 2021 to hear directly from this group of...

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...

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 Protection at Work

You have the right to PROTECTION AT WORK! To be paid the right amount of money.To not be asked to do work that might be harmful to you in some way.For work not to get in the way of school.To make sure you are not doing too many hours.

Knowing Your Rights to Play

You have the right to PLAY! To play and to rest.To participate freely in cultural life.To engage in artistic expression and creativity.To do recreational activities like sport or dance.

Smacking and Physical Punishment

People often have strong opinions about whether smacking is right or wrong, helpful or harmful, or whether parents should even have the right to smack their children. It can be overwhelming for parents when outsiders – including other parents, onlookers,...

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...

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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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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Leave No One Behind: Survey Questions

A State that prides itself on the national values of a fair go and justice for all, must act to ensurechildren and young people in South Australia have adequate nutritious food, their own bed, suitable shoes and clothing, opportunities to go on school trips, and to...

Public Transport — It’s Not Fine: Survey Questions

The availability and affordability of public transport underpins children and young peoples’ capacity and ability to engage with school, employment, sport, hobbies, interests and recreation activities. When transport is lacking, unreliable, unsafe or unaffordable,...

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...