Meet The Team

portrait of commissioner Helen ConnollyHelen Connolly is South Australia’s inaugural Commissioner for Children and Young People (CCYP) appointed to the role in April 2017.  The CCYP was established under the Children and Young People (Oversight and Advocacy Bodies) Act 2016The CCYP is the state’s most senior advocate for children’s rights, interests and wellbeing. 

“I am required to look closely at the systems and services being planned and delivered to children and young people across South Australia and assess whether or not they’re working. I do this with a special focus on meeting the needs of vulnerable and at-risk children and young people across our communities who often struggle to have their voices heard.

I explain to children and young people that my job is to see how well adults keep their promises to do the right thing by them, and to make sure they have all they need to develop and thrive. I am mandated to engage with and listen to children and young people across the state and represent their point of view. In fact, children and young people tell me this is the most important part of my role. They want to know someone is listening to them and working on the things that matter to them most.”