- WA Commissioner for Children and Young People celebrates 10-year milestone
- Role advocates for young people so they are heard, valued, healthy and safe
The wellbeing of Western Australia's children and young people was made a State Government priority 10 years ago under the leadership of Labor Premier Alan Carpenter.
Soon after the Commissioner for Children and Young People Act was proclaimed in 2006, WA's first Commissioner for Children and Young People was formally appointed.
Since then, the work of the commissioner and his office has helped to ensure that all young people and children in WA are heard, valued, healthy and safe. Much of this work includes wide consultation with young people, especially those in the youth justice system and out-of-home care.
Other responsibilities for the commissioner and his office include:
- advocating for all children and young people aged up to and including 18 years;
- monitoring laws, policies and practices affecting the wellbeing of children and young people;
- promoting and valuing the voice of children and young people and the positive contributions they make to society;
- consulting with children and young people, parents, families, government agencies and non-government organisations;
- researching trends and information relating to children and young people; and
- inquiring on behalf of children and young people about issues relating to their wellbeing.
Youth Minister Peter Tinley today congratulated the commissioner and his office for the past decade of tireless work on behalf of WA's children and youth.
Comments attributed to Youth Minister Peter Tinley:
"WA's children and young people are entitled to live in a caring and nurturing environment, to be protected from harm and exploitation, and to be safe and respected wherever they are.
"As Youth Minister, I particularly appreciate the input of the commissioner and his office into the policy debate and I congratulate him and his staff for their work in supporting WA's children and young people.
"The Listen To Us report tabled in State Parliament in 2015, that captured the views of more than 1,200 Aboriginal children and young people, was a significant milestone - as was an inquiry into mental health programs that resulted in better mental health care for WA's youth."
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