Healthy and connected
Physical health, mental health, healthy behaviours, and connection to community and culture.Find out more
In the Commissioner's first Speaking Out Survey, 4,912 children and young people from all regions of WA shared their views on their health, safety, family and school life and how they see their place in our society.
Schools and their students from Year 4 to 12 were randomly selected to participate, ensuring a wide range of students from different areas could participate.
The Speaking Out Survey 2019 summary report was tabled in Parliament on 19 February 2020. The findings will be valuable for anyone working with children and young people, across both government and non-government organisations, helping to guide policy and programs that ensure the needs of children and young people are met.
The Commissioner thanks the Departments of Communities, Education, Health and Justice for their funding support of the 2019 survey.
Most students rated their overall wellbeing positively, but there are concerns when it comes to mental health and safety. View some of the key findings below, organised in line with the Commissioner’s Wellbeing Monitoring Framework and its three interlinked domains of Healthy and connected, Safe and supported and Learning and participating.
These three domains are important because children and young people across WA have told the Commissioner that these things make a big difference to their lives and make them well and happy.
You can also download the Speaking Out Survey 2019 - summary report for a more in-depth look at the survey’s findings.
Surveys of 5,000 teenagers reveals WA kids' feelings about school, friends, bullying, sex, and self-esteem - Article in The West Australian and The Sunday Times, 23 February 2020
Landmark youth survey reveals girls' high school struggle - ABC radio interview with Commissioner Pettit - 20 February 2020
Listen to concerns of young people - Opinion piece in The West Australian - 20 February 2020
Survey will help us make sure we deliver what kids need - Opinion piece in The West Australian, 28 March 2019
Statewide snapshot of young people's wellbeing - 28 March 2019
If you would like more information on the Speaking Out Survey, please contact us on (08) 6213 2297 or email us.