UNICEF Australia welcomes newly established position of Commissioner for Children and Young People in South Australia

​SYDNEY, 21 October 2016 - UNICEF Australia welcomes the Commissioner for Children and Young People in South Australia, established in legislation passed in the South Australian Parliament on October 19, 2016.  

“We commend Premier Weatherill and the South Australian Government in establishing the Commissioner for Children and Young People in South Australia. It provides an impetus to put the safety, priorities and views of all children at the centre of policy and practice,” said Tony Stuart, CEO, UNICEF Australia.

The Children’s Commissioner is an independent advocate who can strengthen Government accountability to and for children and young people in South Australia.  The role will facilitate the direct participation of children in South Australia in the development of policy and decisions that most affect them, as set out in Article 12 of the Convention of the Rights of the Child.
The introduction of a statewide Outcomes Framework for Children and Young People also provides an opportunity to coordinate policy for children with a holistic approach across all areas of their lives, and to target the children in South Australia most at risk of experiencing vulnerability. 

“In light of the testimony that has emerged through the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the South Australian Child Protection Systems Royal Commission and the Northern Territory Royal Commission into Youth Detention, we know that independent roles safeguarding children’s rights remain critical.” 

“In order to bring the legislation and its intended impact for children to full effect, it is crucial that the new Commissioner’s office is adequately resourced to fulfill their responsibilities.” added Mr Stuart.
For further information and interviews, please contact:
Nicole Mackey, UNICEF Australia, 0403 964 334, nmackey@unicef.org.au
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