In 2019 the Commissioner is surveying school students from across WA in the first children and young people’s Speaking Out Survey.
The Commissioner is asking students from Year 4 to Year 12 for their views across key areas such as safety, mental health and wellbeing, engagement in education, connection to community and sources of support, which are underpinning factors in poorer outcomes in life.
Randomised sampling has been used to select approximately 150 primary and secondary schools to ensure a wide range of students from different areas are consulted. Schools involved in the survey will inform parents of their child’s participation.
The information gathered in the survey will provide valuable data for anyone working with children and young people, across government and non-government organisations. Organisations will be able to use the data in shaping policy and programs to ensure the needs of children and young people are met.
The survey will be conducted by the Commissioner’s staff through schools and is jointly funded by the Departments of Communities, Education, Health and Justice.
Survey data analysis will be conducted by the Telethon Kids Institute.