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Number of Aboriginal children and young people in care worsens as SA set to fall short on Closing the Gap target – 13 May 2021
A new report released by the Office of the Guardian for Children and Young People states that just over one in every 11 Aboriginal children in SA is living in state care.

Cost of child protection in SA again climbs higher than national average – 1 April 2021
South Australia continues to be the second highest spender on child protection services per child and spends considerably less on preventative and family support services than any other jurisdiction across the nation.

Guardian highlights the need for an urgent response as UN criticises Australia’s failure to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility – 22 January 2021
Penny Wright, South Australia’s Guardian for Children and Young People and Training Centre Visitor, has called on the South Australian Government to urgently raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14 years.

Guardian reports that safety of children in care continues to be of great concern – 1 December 2020
For the third consecutive year, the Guardian for Children and Young People Annual Report states that safety and stability in care continues to the biggest advocacy issue raised by children and young people in care, with the highest number of concerns coming from those living in residential or commercial care.

Calls for youths in detention to receive better trauma-informed support to address complex needs – 12 November 2020
A year of reforms and achievements has seen more humane and respectful experiences for children and young people detained in SA’s only youth detention centre yet concerns for their wellbeing remain.

Routine semi-naked searches to cease at Kurlana Tapa Youth Justice Centre – 5 August 2020
Penny Wright, Guardian for Children and Young People and Training Centre Visitor congratulates the Minister and the Department for Human Services on the commencement of use of full body scanners at Kurlana Tapa Youth Justice Centre.

Training Centre Visitor disappointed 10-year-olds to remain in detention – 28 July 2020
Training Centre Visitor and Guardian for Children and Young People Penny Wright is disappointed at the Council of Attorneys-General’s decision to not raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility.

Great responsibility. Whose responsibility? – 23 July 2020
The first formal inspection of South Australia’s only youth justice detention centre has found that the potential for rehabilitation is undermined by inadequate resourcing and a correctional environment.

Training Centre Visitor congratulates Government on ban of spit hoods – 1 July 2020
Penny Wright, Training Centre Visitor, congratulates the Government on the absolute ban on the use of spit hoods at Kurlana Tapa Youth Justice Centre (previously the Adelaide Youth Training Centre) as of 1 July 2020.

In the news

Pioneer kids’ advocate quits over no funding – The Advertiser (26 August 2021)

Child protection watchdog resigns due to lack of funding – InDaily (25 August 2021)

Children in care left waiting in SA youth detention – InDaily (22 June 2021)

SA youth detention centre upgrade on track – InDaily (4 June 2021)

Commissioner warns MPs against Port Lincoln death inquiry – InDaily (25 May 2021)

“Disturbing” rate of SA Aboriginal children sent to court – InDaily (14 May 2021)

Indigenous care crisis – The Advertiser (14 May 2021)

Aboriginal children entering state care in SA at ‘worsening rate’, data shows – ABC News online (13 May 2021)

Call to increase age of criminal responsibility – The Advertiser (16 April 2021)

SA undecided on lifting criminal age from 10 as protestors rally for change – InDaily (15 April 2021)

State Government proposes changes to make adoption from state care easier – The Advertiser (27 March 2021)

Kids say youth prison better than state care – The Advertiser (22 March 2021)

Saving our at-risk kids – The Advertiser (20 February 2021)

Guardian calls for monitoring power, funding after child protection scandal  InDaily (19 February 2021)

Child Protection Minister Rachel Sanderson goes on the attack after inquiry reveals five girls in state care were pregnant – The Advertiser (17 February 2021)

Call to delay controversial SA youth drug program – InDaily (10 February 2021)

Renewed push to lift criminal age in SA after UN grilling – InDaily (22 January 2021)

Warning that SA youth drug program could breach detainees’ human rights – InDaily (12 January 2021)

Penny Wright: Across the years, Kelly has seen other kids arrive and leave, reunified with their families – The Advertiser (23 December 2020)

“Limited evidence” to support controversial SA youth drug program – InDaily (18 December 2020)

Independent Review: The State Government will conduct an independent review into the sexual abuse of two teenage girls in state care – Ten News Adelaide (11 December 2020)

“Serious systemic failings” in Child Protection Dept’s handling of sexual abuse – InDaily (2 December 2020)

Guardian for Children and Young People’s report raises concerns about sex abuse – The Advertiser (1 December 2020)

SA’s “hidden plague” of incarcerated children – InDaily (13 November 2020)

Motel, hotel no-vacancy rule for at-risk children – InDaily (29 October 2020)

Guardian also kept in dark about abused girl in care – InDaily (22 September 2020)

Scanners to reduce searches – The Advertiser (5 August 2020)

Minimum crime age disappoints – The Advertiser (29 July 2020)

Move to lift criminal age on hold as SA waits for national decision – InDaily (28 July 2020)

Landmark report details experiences of young people detained at Adelaide Youth Training Centre – ABC News online (25 July 2020)

“Troubling” NAPLAN participation rate among SA children in care – InDaily (3 July 2020)

State Govt to review use of force, isolation in youth detention – InDaily (11 June 2020)

SA looks interstate to improve care for Aboriginal children  InDaily (21 May 2020)

‘Appalling’ rate of Aboriginal kids in care  The Advertiser (13 May 2020)

Vulnerable children must be able to attend school: guardian – InDaily (6 April 2020)

New child abuse claims about former Families SA staff – InDaily (7 February 2020)

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