Australia’s National Children’s Commissioner, Anne Hollonds is talking with children, young people, and their families about the issues they face, the support they need, and their experiences accessing government services. The views and experiences of children, young people and their families are critical in developing policy and service systems to support them.
The Supporting Quality Engagement with Children consultation project will run over three years, from 2023 to 2025. As part of the project, the National Children’s Commissioner will undertake consultations across Australia to inform Commonwealth Strategies that relate to children and young people. Those strategies are:
- Safe and Supported: The National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2021-2031
- National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022-2032
- Australia’s Disability Strategy 2021-2031
- National Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Child Sexual Abuse 2021-2030
- National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Early Childhood Strategy
Consultations will be held in urban, regional, and remote locations across all states and territories. In addition to face-to-face consultations, the NCC will also conduct surveys of children, young people, and their families.
Consultations will adopt a human rights-based approach that provides children and young people with opportunities to share their thoughts in safe and supported settings. Consultations will be confidential and anonymous, and participants will be fully informed about the process and their involvement. Participants will also be provided with feedback about the process and any decisions arising from the consultations.
What will happen with the feedback children and young people provide?
The Supporting Quality Engagement with Children project will draw on lived experiences of children, young people and their families to contribute to the evidence base informing the design and implementation of government policies affecting them.
The project aims to elevate the voices of children, young people, and their families, and embed them in decision-making for policy and programs.
This work is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services.