Who is the Child and Young Person Visitor?
Shona Reid is the Child and Young Person Visitor.
Shona promotes and advocates for the rights and best interests of children and young people in residential care in South Australia.
‘In residential care’ means children and young people under the guardianship of the Chief Executive of the Department for Child Protection who live in a residential care facility.
It is important to note that Shona is not the legal guardian for children in care but is here to ‘champion’ their rights.
What does the Child and Young Person Visitor do?
Shona and her team have a range of functions to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in residential care. These include:
- conduct visits to, and inspections of, residential care facilities
- communicate with children living in residential care facilities
- promote the best interests of children living in residential care facilities
- act as an advocate for children living in residential care facilities to promote the resolution of issues to do with their care, treatment and control
- inquire into and provide advice to the Minister in relation to any systemic reform needed to improve the care, treatment and control of residents or the management of residential care facilities.
The role of the Child and Young Person’s Visitor was established in 2017 with the aim of regularly visiting and inspecting individual residential and emergency care homes, and to meet with and advocate for the children and young people living in them.
no further, dedicated funding provided to support the Visitor or to implement the visiting scheme described in the legislation,
In the 2022 South Australian Budget, four years of funding was allocated to reinstate the Visitor role and scheme, with Shona being appointed to the role in August 2022.