How we can help

If you feel that your rights are not being met and you are not being listened to, we are here to help.

Remember, you are not alone and you have the right to feel safe and supported. You have the right to be heard. How you feel and what you have to say is important. Your voice matters!

Our office advocates for your rights while you are in care or detention. We will listen to your concerns and help you if we can, or we will direct you to somewhere else that may be able to help you.

Read our factsheet to find out more about us.

Giving feedback and raising issues

You can talk to us about:

  • things that are happening where you are living now
  • what might happen in the future
  • being able to see your family and friends
  • having a say in decisions that affect you
  • a decision that you didn’t like
  • finding out about your rights.

We will:

  • find out from you what is happening
  • find out what you would like to happen
  • work with you to achieve the best outcome for your concerns
  • help you to learn how to advocate for yourself.

We may also support you at meetings with your social worker or talk to the Department for Child Protection or staff at the Kurlana Tapa Youth Justice Centre on your behalf.

We often visit the Kurlana Tapa Youth Justice Centre to talk to children and young people detained in the centre. If you are a resident of the centre you can call us if you have any issues or concerns.

Contact us

You can call us on 1800 275 664 (freecall) or (08) 8226 8570 during office hours.  If we are not there, leave a message and your contact details and we will call you back.

Otherwise, you can fill out the form below or email us at


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