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Monitoring Children and Young People’s Wellbeing

The Commissioner is partnering with Telethon Kids Institute’s CoLab project to establish a new framework for monitoring and reporting on WA children and young people’s wellbeing.

Background

The Commissioner’s first Wellbeing Monitoring Framework was published in 2012 and was further updated in 2014.

This project provided, for the first time, the WA government and community with a snapshot of how WA children and young people are faring.

The current framework has three components:

  1. Profile of WA Children and Young People – A demographic overview of WA children and young people
  2. State of Western Australia’s Children and Young People – Provides statistical measures of WA children and young people’s wellbeing. Forty measures are described, categorised under eight wellbeing domains.
  3. Building Blocks – a description of 126 evidence-based programs around Australia, listed under the same eight wellbeing domains.

A 2016 review of the Wellbeing Monitoring Framework identified that improvements could be made to:

  • focus on key factors influencing wellbeing
  • improve data for measuring different aspects of wellbeing
  • report on medium and long-term trends.

The project

As a result of the 2016 review, work has commenced to refine and improve the original Wellbeing Monitoring Framework.

The new wellbeing project has three components:

  • A revised demographic profile of WA children and young people has been published online and updated with new data. 
  • A new wellbeing report that focuses on core aspects of wellbeing, for example, safety, health and learning. The project is currently identifying the range of indicators to be used and the sources of data required to track wellbeing outcomes for children and young people.
  • Options for a regular wide-ranging survey of children and young people – long-term project yet to be scheduled.

Profile of Children and Young People in WA - November 2017

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More information

For more information about the Wellbeing Monitoring Framework, contact the Commissioner's office on (08) 6213 2297 or email us.

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