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National Child Protection Week 2023

As always, it’s been a busy Child Protection Week for the Guardian and her staff. This week is all about bringing together children, young people, families, communities and government to celebrate what’s working, to have hard conversation about what’s not, and to work together on how to make things better.

Calling for a united cross-border approach to child safety

A few weeks back, Guardian for Children and Young People, Shona Reid, travelled to Mparntwe (Alice Springs) to meet with the NPY Women’s Council – alongside both the Northern Territory and Western Australia Children’s Commissioners.
Presenting a joint media conference, the Commissioners, Guardian and NPYWC called for a collaborative approach between State, Territory and Federal Governments regarding vulnerable children and young people moving between jurisdictions.

Young person reading book

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!

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