Healthy and connected
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The Speaking Out Survey is a robust and representative survey of the wellbeing of children and young people in WA.
In the Commissioner's second Speaking Out Survey, more than 16,500 children and young people from all regions of WA shared their experiences and views on safety, mental health, engagement in education, connection to community and how they access sources of support.
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 survey has also been extended with grant funding from Lotterywest to reach children outside of mainstream education, including students with special needs and those in remote communities.
View the survey's 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.
Students embrace opportunity to have their voice heard - ABC Radio, 24 November 2021
Vulnerable children are calling for help and want to be heard - Commissioner Pettit's opinion piece, The West Australian, 24 November 2021
Real life as a WA kid - Article in The West Australian, 24 November 2021
The scarily secret lives of our teens online - Editorial by The West Australian, 24 November 2021
The summary report from the Commissioner's first Speaking Out Survey was tabled in Parliament on 19 February 2020.
If you would like more information on the Speaking Out Survey, please contact us on (08) 6213 2297 or email us.