The Child Development Council (Council) was established on 15 February 2018 under the Children and Young People (Oversight and Advocacy Bodies) Act 2016.
As a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Australia has an obligation to meet the needs of children and young people and to facilitate their growth and development.
The Act creates a legislative framework for the rights, development and wellbeing of young South Australians (birth to 18 years). As one of four oversight and advocacy bodies in the Act, the Council guides the work of state and local government agencies through an Outcomes Framework and a Charter for Children and Young People.
By tracking how well children and young people are doing over time, the Outcomes Framework and Charter will target policy, funding and services to enable our youngest citizens to flourish.
The Youth Justice Administration Act 2016 (YJA Act) primarily provides for the establishment and management of training centres, community-based supervision services and other facilities and services relating to children and young people who offend against the criminal law. It also establishes the Training Centre Visitor (TCV) and sets out the requirements for the Charter of Rights for Youths Detained in Training Centres.
The Children and Young People (Oversight and Advocacy Bodies) Act 2016 (OAB Act) establishes two new oversight and advocacy bodies – the Child Development Council and the Commissioner for Children and Young People. It also continues two existing bodies – the Guardian for Children and Young People and the Child Death and Serious Injury Review Committee.