The role of the Commissioner for Children and Young People includes giving priority to, and having special regard to, the interests and needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.
Excessive alcohol consumption is a community-wide issue and impacts significantly on children and young people’s safety and wellbeing.
Evidence shows that participation in the arts and cultural activities can enhance the wellbeing of children and young people.
The quality of the built environment can affect children and young people’s wellbeing through long-term socio-economic and health impacts.
The Commissioner monitors developments in child protection legislation, policies and practices, and advocates to improve the outcomes for children in the out of home care system.
Child-safe principles promote a culture where the safety, wellbeing and participation of children and young people are reflected in policies and day-to-day practices at all levels of the organisation.
The Commissioner works to ensure all children and young people feel supported in raising a complaint with a government agency.
It is important that the views of culturally and linguistically diverse children and young people are taken into consideration by decision makers.
A comprehensive overview of the state and profile of Western Australian's children and young people.
It is vital for children and young people with disability to be appropriately supported so they are able to play a positive and fulfilling role in the community.
Positive engagement in education is one of the most vital determinants of a person’s lifelong health and wellbeing.
A child’s physical, social and psychological development from birth to 8 years sets the foundation for their health and wellbeing from childhood through to adult life.
In 2017 the Commissioner commenced a project aimed at improving the understanding of children and young people with harmful sexual behaviours and enhancing responses to children and young people who may be harming themselves or others.
It is important that the views of children and young people who have experienced homelessness are heard and responded to in a practical way so programs and services that support their wellbeing can be improved and better targeted.
LGBTI children and young people have the right to be recognised for their gender identity, sexual orientation or intersex status, and to feel safe and respected where ever they are.
Good mental health is an essential component of wellbeing and is important for children from infancy and early childhood through to adolescence and young adulthood.
Research confirms that early adolescence, or the middle years (from nine to 14 years), is a critical stage in children's development; a period in which major changes occur at multiple levels of a child’s life.
Research consistently shows the relationships that children and young people have with their families, particularly their parents, are among the most important influences on child and adolescent development and psychological wellbeing.
Contributions made by children and young people should be recognised for their value and merit and given due consideration in decision making.
Like their peers living in metropolitan Perth, children and young people living in regional and remote WA make important contributions to their communities.
Parents and others concerned with the protection of children and young people are worried about the potential harmful effects of sexualised media and advertising on their wellbeing.
The ever-changing and increasing presence of technology in our community creates a number of challenges and opportunities related to children and young people’s wellbeing.
Working with the community to strengthen children and young people’s wellbeing is the core function of the Commissioner’s role.
Young people have specific health needs that stem from the physical, behavioural, psychological and cognitive developments they are experiencing.
Programs that divert young people away from the justice system or that address underlying causes of offending are crucial to addressing the high rate of detention of young people in WA and creating a more prosperous future for the State.