The work of CCYP is guided by an international treaty, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). One of the Commissioner’s primary roles is to promote the rights of children and young people in South Australia and advocate for systemic change. The creation of this position was recommended by Royal Commissioner Margaret Nyland in the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission Report 2016.
It is proposed that the Children’s Commissioner will be independent of ministerial direction, and will be encouraged to engage children in the process of making decisions affecting their lives, undertake research and publish reports.
We are in the process of developing helpful guides and materials for children and young people and the adults who support them.
- Smacking and physical punishment
Reducing the voting age
The Commissioner’s functions according to the Children and Young People (Oversight and Advocacy Bodies) Act 2016 includes undertaking or commissioning research into topics related to children and young people. The research will inform our future work, research and advice to improve the outcomes of children and young people in SA.