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Vulnerability Speaker Series

As a society, our goal must be for all children and young people to achieve their potential. In WA, particular cohorts of children and young people face significant vulnerability and disadvantage and do not have adequate support and resources to overcome the challenges they experience.


At the culmination of 10 years of the Commissioner for Children and Young People’s office, it is timely to listen and reflect on what more than 11,000 children and young people in WA have told us about their lives. In doing so, it is clear that more needs to be done to meet the needs of our most vulnerable children and young people.

In early 2018, the Commissioner will release a discussion paper to inform and challenge current thinking on factors that influence vulnerability to harm and lessen outcomes for children and young people. Through their voices, the paper provides a unique perspective to advance a collective understanding of vulnerability and how to best address the causes and reduce the impact on children and young people.

The project

To progress the ideas set out in the discussion paper, the Commissioner will host a program of events in 2018 focused on vulnerable children and young people in our community.

The Vulnerability Speaker Series will feature presentations from a variety of international, national and distinguished WA leaders and bring together government leaders, staff from the community services sector, policy officers and academics to explore how best to address the challenges facing vulnerable children and young people in WA and inform effective strategic responses.

Rio Tinto is Principal Partner of the Vulnerability Speaker Series in recognition of the importance of supporting vulnerable children and young people to reach their full potential.

Upcoming free seminars

The first seminar will be held on 20 March 2018 and will feature two of the Commissioner’s Ambassadors for Children and Young People - Winthrop Professor Stephen Zubrick and Professor Donna Cross from the Telethon Kids Institute.

Professor Zubrick will review evidence around how particular factors contribute to poorer outcomes for children and young people and highlight the points of intervention most likely to have a positive impact and Professor Donna Cross will explore the direct impact of poverty on children and young people’s vulnerability.

To register go to our Seminars page.

More information

Contact the Commissioner’s office for more information about this project, via phone (08) 6213 2297 or email

Principal Partner

Thank you to Rio Tinto for its proud support of the Vulnerability Speaker Series.

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