This week the Commissioner for Children and Young People had his first meeting with the new Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on the Commissioner for Children and Young People.
Commissioner Pettit said he had a positive, dynamic discussion about the work he has been undertaking to address the priority issues for children and young people in Western Australia.
“The committee was particularly interested in our Engagement in Education project which is exploring factors that support children and young people’s engagement in education and school,” the Commissioner said.
“I am looking forward to tabling the reports of this consultation in the WA Parliament later this year.
“Our discussion also included the welfare of children and young people in Roebourne and surrounding communities following the sexual abuse charges laid against a number of people, and my role in encouraging a robust, sustained and effective effort to protect children and young people from further harm and ensure their access to appropriate support into the future.”
The Joint Standing Committee was established to monitor, review and report to Parliament on the exercise of the functions of the Commissioner for Children and Young People.
Members of the committee, who report to the new 40th Western Australian Parliament, comprise the Hon. Sally Talbot MLC, the Hon. Donna Faragher MLC, Mr Kyran O’Donnell MLA and Mrs Jessica Stojkovski MLA.