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Book week 2023 …. Read, Grow, Inspire!

There’s magic in children’s books – well, really, in all books.
Books open a world of fun and wonder. They help children learn about the world, what’s happening around them and, importantly, it helps them learn about themselves. It expands imaginations, and connects them with those that care for and protect them.
We asked some children and young people, along with some of our advocates, what books might be good to read or share with children and young people in care.

FAQs – Calling the Guardian’s office

The Guardian for Children and Young People provides an advocacy service, and her staff (known as ‘Advocates’) are always there to take calls from and about children and young people living in care.
It can be confusing to navigate advocacy and advice services, and it also helps to know about what to expect when you call the Guardian’s office. To help make that process easier, Advocates were asked what some of the most common questions they come across are – here’s what they had to say.

Collage of images: Shona's first year

One year later

On 1 August 2022, Shona Reid commenced her roles as the Guardian for Children and Young People, Child and Young Person’s Visitor, Training Centre Visitor and Youth Treatment Order Visitor.

With the first anniversary of her commencement just past, we sat down with Shona and asked her to share her reflections on the past year.

Celebrating National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day

Today, the team were out at Parafield Gardens, celebrating National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day at the Aboriginal Family Support Services ‘Connection to Culture Children’s Day’.
We had resources to give away for little ones (including colouring-in, temporary tattoos and booklets) and fun activities like hand painting and a raffle to win one of our special plush toys. Our beloved safety symbol for First Nations children in care, Nunga Oog, popped in to say hi and have his photo taken throughout the day!

Oog and Nunga Oog

Spotlight on the Guardian’s Visits to Residential Care

Often, we hear about children and young people in kinship or foster care living with families – and, in fact, this is the most common type of out-of-home care arrangement here in South Australian and nationally. However, there are over 700 children and young people in South Australia who are not living with families, but instead living in what are technically known as “Residential Care Facilities”.
Our office knows that children and young people in residential houses can face particular issues and vulnerabilities. This is why we operate a “Child and Young Person’s Visitor’ Program”.

We need to put our money and our smarts where our mouths are

Last month, the Guardian for Children and Young People, Shona Reid, published a new report about child protection expenditure in South Australia. The report takes an in-depth look at not only where money is being spent, but what this means for the lives and wellbeing of children and young people.

On the Road Again

In recent weeks, the Guardian for Children and Young People, Shona Reid has been travelling regionally to connect with children and young people in care, carers, and service providers across the north of South Australia.

Providing a life-line for our children

As we reflect on the theme of NAIDOC Week, ‘For our Elders’, we look to our parents, aunties, uncles, nannas and grandfathers. Our Elders are more than just family members, they are the survivors, they are leaders and they are changemakers. Elders guide and teach us, they are holders of cultural traditions, language and knowledge, story tellers and tireless advocates for children and young people, families and communities – this goes beyond just their immediate family circles. They are there for us always and forever.

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