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Photography exhibition gives children in care a voice

Today I attended the launch of the As Eye See It photographic exhibition at the WA Museum, where through a collection of photos I gained a poignant insight into the world of young Western Australians living in out-of-home care.

Coordinated by the Department for Children Protection and Family Support, the exhibition aims to raise awareness of the experiences of children in care and provide them with a mechanism to show their version of the world to others.

Each of the participants produced four black-and-white photographs about the things that are important to them or hold special significance, and a close-up image of their right eye. Participants were also asked to write descriptions about the photos and why they chose to take them.

I encourage everyone to visit the exhibition. It highlights the importance of providing creative ways in which young people can express themselves so those responsible for their care can effectively hear them.

As Eye See It runs until Sunday, 20 September 2015 at the Western Australian Museum in Perth. Entry is free.

Congratulations to all the young people who participated in this impressive exhibition.

Jenni Perkins
Acting Commissioner for Children and Young People