Thank you and goodbye
after more than a decade of advocacy
After more than a decade of systemic advocacy for children and young people in South Australia, it is time for the Council to pause, reflect and to say goodbye.
A very special thank you goes to all young South Australians and their families. Thank you for engaging with us and for trusting us with your wisdom and views about what matters. You have helped us to advise the Government of South Australia of how children and young people in South Australia are faring and of their views about what they want and need to grow up healthy, happy and safe and to realise their potential at every developmental stage.
Since establishment in 2005-06, the Council’s priorities have been guided by a firm commitment to listening to, and amplifying, young voices. We have conscientiously applied ourselves to making all children and young people ‘visible’ and to ensuring that they were heard and had influence concerning matters that impacted on them. We have worked hard to include in our brief, children and young people with disability, those in out of home care, those in the youth justice system and those who are Aboriginal.
The Council has listened carefully to the views of children and young people to hear what’s truly important to them. The Council has advocated for their views to be taken into account by policy makers and service providers to help South Australia to better shape policy, legislation and services. The Council has been dedicated to the social inclusion of children and young people and to generating opportunities for them to contribute to the South Australian community.
With the commencement, in full, of the Children and Young People (Oversight and Advocacy Bodies) Act 2016 (on 18 December 2017), the Council symbolically hands over the batten of systemic advocacy for children and young people in South Australia to the Commissioner for Children and Young People. The Council extends congratulations to the Commissioner and the other entities established in the new Act, namely the Guardian for Children and Young People, the Child Death and Serious Injury Committee and the yet to be established Child Development Council.
Thank you to all those who have served on the Council and to those who have partnered with the Council in systemic advocacy for children and young people over more than a decade.
South Australia continues to face many challenges in ensuring all children and young people can grow up healthy, strong and safe and enjoy their childhoods to the fullest. As the Council departs the SA public policy and advocacy scene we encourage future governments to ensure more is done to enable both families and communities to fulfil their responsibilities in providing the level of care and nurture our children deserve. The Council has been a strong advocate for a reorientation in our legislation, systems and resource allocation to prevention and early intervention to promote child wellbeing. If we are to meet the challenges ahead this must be a cornerstone of future public policy – without it we will sadly experience more of the same to the detriment of South Australia’s children and young people.
Best wishes for the festive season and for the future.
Council for the Care of Children
The Council for the Care of Children
GPO Box 1152
Adelaide, SA 5001
Ph: (08) 8463 6429
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