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Child protection

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.


Indicators of Wellbeing

The Commissioner has developed this practical online data resource to monitor and report on the wellbeing of WA’s children and young people.

Assessing the quality and comprehensiveness of child protection practice frameworks

A report prepared for the Australia's Children's Commissioner and Guardians Group (ACCG) by the Australian Centre for Child Protection

Voice of mothers with empty arms - Separation and reunification issues experienced by mothers with alcohol and other substance use issues

A report prepared for the Commissioner for Children and Young People WA by Edith Cowan University

Speaking out about raising concerns in care

The views of Western Australian children and young people with experience of out-of-home care

Issues papers

Parent's rights and participation in child protection practice

Policy briefs

Children and young people in care

Developed from the Commissioner's 2011 Mental Health Inquiry

Children and young people speak out about safety

Developed from the Commissioner's 2011 Wellbeing research project


Submission to the Commonwealth Standing Committee on Social Policy and Affairs inquiry into family, domestic and sexual violence

The Commissioner's submission to the inquiry into family, domestic and sexual violence.

Submission to the Community Development and Justice Standing Committee, October 2019

The Commissioner's submission to the Inquiry into the Magistrates Court of WA's management of matters involving family and domestic violence.

Submission to the Productivity Commission Consultation Paper, March 2019

Submission to the consultation paper on 'What is known about systems that enable the 'public health approach' to protecting children'.

Submission to Department for Children Protection and Family Support, April 2017

Consultation paper for the Review of the 2017 Children and Community Services Act 2004

More information

Reporting a child protection concern

Report a concern with the Department of Child Protection and Family Support

Let’s put the children first: Eight Key Principles 2015

Alliance for Children at Risk

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