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Children and young people talk about vulnerability

A new discussion paper released today presents a unique perspective on vulnerability, through the voices of children and young people who describe what helps and hinders their wellbeing.

The discussion paper draws on the Commissioner's consultations with children and young people over the past 10 years and has informed the Commissioner’s Vulnerability Speaker Series which is focused on understanding what makes some children and young people vulnerable to poorer outcomes in life.

“Our vulnerable children and young people need support, resources and opportunities to overcome the challenges they experience so they can thrive,” Mr Pettit said.

“It is important that children and young people who are vulnerable, disadvantaged or marginalised for any reason receive effective services and supports.

“My office has consulted widely with children and young people across Western Australia about issues that affect their wellbeing. Some of these children and young people have shared deep insights on the causes and impact of their own and others’ experiences of vulnerability.”

The first Vulnerability Speaker Series event will be held next week and will bring together a range of leaders in the WA community to explore new approaches to address the challenges facing vulnerable children and young people.

Registrations are open for this free seminar.

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