Throughout 2019 the Commissioner surveyed school students from across WA in the first children and young people’s Speaking Out Survey.
The Commissioner asked 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 was used to select approximately 150 primary and secondary schools to ensure a wide range of students from different areas are consulted.
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 has had funding support from the Departments of Communities, Education, Health and Justice.
The Commissioner has provided students with the initial feedback below. The survey report and key findings will be published in early 2020.