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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.

In 2016, the Commissioner partnered with the Department for Child Protection and Family Support and CREATE Foundation to consult children and young people in care about their experiences of being able to speak up and have their worries or concerns addressed.

Two reports are available below, one for the community and a second report especially for children and young people.


Reports

Reports

Child Safe Organisations WA - Top Tips for making a complaint

For children and young people

Speaking Out About Raising Concerns in Care

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

Speaking Up in Care

Report back to children and young people who participated in the 2016 consultation

Policy Briefs

Policy Briefs

Safety and child protection: the impact on the wellbeing of WA children and young people

Developed from the Commissioner's 2014 Wellbeing Monitoring Framework

Housing and homelessness: the impact on the wellbeing of WA children and young people

Developed from the Commissioner's 2014 Wellbeing Monitoring Framework

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

Submissions

Submissions

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

Letter - Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee, November 2016

Inquiry into Serious allegations of abuse, self-harm and neglect of asylum seekers in relation to the Nauru Regional Processing Centre, and any like allegations in relation to the Manus Regional Processing Centre.

Letter - Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse - Best practice principles in responding to complaints of child sexual abuse in institutional contexts

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse - Best practice principles in responding to complaints of child sexual abuse in institutional contexts

Submission to the Department for Child Protection and Family Support, April 2016

Earlier Intervention and Family Support Strategy Discussion Paper

More Information

More Information

Reporting a child protection concern

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

Opinion piece - Judge calls for care overhaul

The West Australian, His Honour Judge Denis Reynolds – 22 March 2015

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

Alliance for Children at Risk

Principles for Child Safety in Organisations

Australian Children’s Commissioners and Guardians

Events

Events

Thinker in Residence 2014

International expert in child resilience Dr Michael Ungar visited Perth in 2014, offering new perspectives on a community-wide approach to building resilience in children and young people, particularly those who are vulnerable or who have complex needs.

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