An annual review of a child’s circumstances is required by law when a child is under the long-term guardianship of the Minister. It is a pause in the day to day business of parenting to reflect on the goals and ambitions, achievements and challenges for each child or young person. It is a time when the many adults in a child’s life can confer on whether they can ‘parent’ better.
The Office of the Guardian attends some of the reviews as part of its monitoring function and to advocate for improved outcomes. It is an external audit process that provides feedback to the child protection agency on the circumstances for children and the quality of the casework service.
In 2011-12 the Office audited 194 of the reviews at 15 Families SA offices.
Read our Audit of Annual Reviews Report 2011-12 for the full version