What’s been done – December to April 2011

Following the survey of agencies about implementation of the Charter of Rights, the Office of the Guardian has started a project to develop new rights materials for children with disabilities or low literacy.

Key Assets became the 46th agency to endorse the Charter of Rights for Children and Young People in Care in January this year

The Youth Advisory Committee, launched in October 2010, has met twice this year with vigorous discussion on the terms that are used to describe children in state care.

The DVD Why You’re Important to Me, (view the trailer), showing what children say about their relationship with their case worker was distributed and a page of supporting resources including scripts, quotes from young people and extended interview movies has been placed on the Guardian’s website. It is being put to good use in professional development sessions for social workers and has generated interesting debate about appropriate boundaries in working with children.

The 2011 inquiry into what children say about contact with their siblings is in full swing, with interviews underway and the case file evidence almost complete. As part of this inquiry a literature review Children in Care and Contact with their Siblings will be released this month.

The Report on the Wellbeing of Children and Young People in Care in SA 2009-10 was released, with a focus on safety, education and case worker service.

Presentations about the Information Sharing Guidelines have focused on non-government organisations this quarter with forums held for drug and alcohol and mental health services and for community services in Whyalla and Murraylands.

In the quarter January to March 2011, the Office audited 41 annual reviews and made 16 monitoring visits to children in residential care and the training centres.

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Pam Simmons (left) poses with Key Assets SA staff team and General Manager Sue Brown (right) after the official signing of the Charter by Key Assets on January 24th.

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