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The Commissioner's Diary

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22 Oct 2014
Healthy scene wins Childrens Week Art Award

Today I was delighted to attend the Meerilinga Children’s Week Awards and present my Commissioner’s Choice Art Award to 12 year-old Ingrid from Riverton.

22 Oct 2014
Royal Commissioner Helen Milroy shines a light on child-safe practices

I was honoured today to host Winthrop Professor and Royal Commissioner Helen Milroy in an important discussion on child-safe organisations at my Children’s Week forum.

20 Oct 2014
Childrens Week a time to celebrate

Children’s Week is always an important opportunity in the year to remind us of, and to celebrate, the rights of children and young people.

07 Oct 2014
Translating knowledge to improve mental health in our children and young people

Today I was pleased to host the 2014 Healthway Visiting Fellow, Dr Melanie Barwick, who outlined her work in knowledge translation, specifically in the area of children and young people’s mental health.

03 Oct 2014
Children in care find a voice through photography

Today I was pleased to attend the launch of the 2014 As Eye See It photography exhibition.

This exhibition includes photographs from 32 children and young people in care, giving an insight into their day-to-day lives and what is significant to them.

19 Sep 2014
Holistic services helping young people of Rockingham

I had the pleasure yesterday of meeting young people and staff from headspace Rockingham, which opened in February this year.

18 Sep 2014
Schools recognised for drug and road safety education

Today I had the opportunity to recognise the hard work of students, teachers and other school staff, and communities in achieving the bronze and silver levels of the Changing Health Acting Together (CHAT) program.

10 Sep 2014
Feedback from Kimberley visit given to Joint Standing Committee

Today I met with the Joint Standing Committee on the Commissioner for Children and Young People at Parliament House and was able to outline some observations from my recent visit to the West Kimberley.

08 Sep 2014
Child Protection Week encourages everyone to play your part

The theme for this year’s national Child Protection Week, “Play Your Part”, is a timely reminder that everyone in our community has a role in the wellbeing of our children and young people.

05 Sep 2014
Conference focuses on keeping children and young people safe from abuse

The National Protective Behaviours Conference held in Perth this week highlighted the many different aspects involved in keeping our children and young people safe.

22 Aug 2014
Honouring those who work with vulnerable children and young people

Yesterday I was pleased to award a Children, Youth and Families Agencies Association (CYFAA) Award to Marissa Beever from Wanslea.

18 Aug 2014
Focus on services for west Kimberley children and young people

Travelling through the west Kimberley last week gave me the opportunity to appreciate first hand the challenges in overcoming distance when providing adequate services for our regional children and young people.

I spent all of last week in the west Kimberley region, meeting with local children and young people and those who provide services for them in Broome, Fitzroy Crossing and Bidyadanga.

06 Aug 2014
Role of grandparents as carers under Senate scrutiny

Today I gave evidence to the Commonwealth Senate Inquiry into grandparents who take primary responsibility for raising their grandchildren.

Relative and kinship care is the fastest growing type of out-of-home care for children and young people in Australia.

23 Jul 2014
Roundtable on intentional self-harm and suicidal behaviour held in Perth

Last Friday I attended the National Children’s Commissioner’s National Roundtable (WA) on intentional self-harm and suicidal behaviour in children, having previously made a written submission to the Commissioner’s national examination of this issue.

25 Jun 2014
Dedicated youth mental health unit an important step

I was pleased to attend today the official unveiling of a 14-bed youth mental health unit that is part of the soon-to-be-opened Fiona Stanley Hospital.

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