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Middle years

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.

It is also a time during which some children begin to engage in various risk-taking activities and when established symptoms of mental health disorders begin to emerge.


Reports

Reports

School and learning consultation - Technical report

Speaking out about school and learning - The views of WA children and young people on factors that support their engagement in school and learning

Speaking out about school and learning - Summary report

Report of the Inquiry into the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in Western Australia

Issues Papers

Issues Papers

Middle years

Policy Briefs

Policy Briefs

Submissions

Submissions

Submission to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, May 2008

Establishment of an Australian Youth Forum

More Information

More Information

Australian Child Wellbeing Project 2012 to 2015

Australia’s first major nationally representative and internationally comparable survey of wellbeing among children aged 8 to 14 years.

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.

Thinker in Residence 2013

Canadian early childhood expert, Dr Stuart Shanker, examined the function and application of self-regulation as a factor in improving the wellbeing of children and young people in Western Australia.

Middle Years Forums 2011 and 2012

In 2011 and 2012 the Commissioner hosted middle years’ forums with renowned interstate guest speakers and local child health and education advocates and practitioners. A selection of resources from the Forum are available.

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