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Supporting young people through the holidays

With Christmas fast approaching, and another year coming to a close, many of us at the Guardian’s office are looking forward to a break, spending time with friends and family, and our festive season traditions. But it’s also important to take time to acknowledge that, for many of the young people we work with, this time of year can bring up complex emotions – and they need us to treat them gently and with understanding.

Human Rights Week 2023: Freedom, Equality and Justice for All

Human Rights Week takes place at the start of December each year, in the lead up to Human Rights Day on 10 December.
This important day marks the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which was adopted by the United National General Assembly, in 1948.
Human Rights Week gives us an opportunity to celebrate this international historic event – and check in on how we are protecting, respecting and promoting human rights in our communities.

Real change and real progress: Guardian’s final report for 2023

Over the past month, our weekly blog has explored the key findings from Shona’s annual reports for 2022-23.
So far, we’ve covered her reporting as the Training Centre Visitor and Child and Young Person’s Visitor (about visiting and advocacy for young people in residential care and youth detention). This week, we take a look at her annual report as the Guardian for Children and Young People.

Kids in police cells: time to upgrade our facilities, and our thinking

In past months, concerns have been raised across the country about the detention of children and young people in police cells. Detention in these environments often exposes young people – who may be primary-school aged, and many of whom have complex disability needs – to adult offenders in the same vicinity, and conditions that are harmful and potentially traumatic for children.

Did you see OoG and Nunga OoG in the National Pharmacy Christmas Pageant?

Last Saturday, the Office of the Guardian’s beloved safety symbols – OoG and Nunga OoG – walked, danced, and hopped the 3.5km pageant track that led Father Christmas to Adelaide’s Town Hall, and marked the official welcoming of the ‘big guy in red’ to Australia.
This year’s pageant was a special milestone for the Office, celebrating Nunga OoG’s very first appearance.

Message from the Guardian: Outcome of the Voice Referendum

I am writing this week, in acknowledgment that many are hurting following the outcome of the Voice Referendum. Regardless of political views and how individuals voted, the past few months have been challenging, uncertain and stressful for many. The effects of community discussions, political debate and personal conflicts will ripple for some time.

Final Report of the Disability Royal Commission – The Guardian’s Guide

On 29 September, the Australian Government tabled the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.
The report – which follows four and a half years of hearings, research and evidence – sets out 222 recommendations to better prevent and respond to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability in Australia.

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