The Commissioner for Children and Young People Colin Pettit has released a report on his recent visit to Donnybrook, Bunbury and Busselton.
The Commissioner spent two days in Donnybrook, Bunbury and Busselton meeting with local children and young people as well as staff from local agencies, service providers and schools.
“My visits to regional communities are always inspirational because I get the opportunity to meet children and young people and service providers who are committed to making their communities better places to live and work in,” Mr Pettit said.
“Visiting Donnybrook District High School and Busselton Senior High School were highlights of my trip because I got to see for myself how the students are being nurtured both academically and socially.
“I also got to hear about what they enjoyed about their schools and their communities, and what they felt was lacking in terms of facilities and services.
“My meetings with local agencies and service providers were enlightening, and I will include issues and concerns that were raised in the advocacy work of my office.”
In particular, the pressure on mental health services for young people and the need for crisis accommodation have been identified.
The Commissioner regularly visits regional and rural Western Australian communities to give children and young people in these areas the opportunity to have their views heard.