Helping children and young people to make complaints
The Commissioner for Children and Young People WA has been appointed by the National Office for Child Safety within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to develop resources for children and young people explaining their right to speak up when they feel uncomfortable, unsafe or marginalised, and outlining the steps they can take to raise their concerns or make complaints within organisations.
As part of this project, the Commissioner will also develop a guide to help adults to talk about the resources with children and young people in their lives, communities and organisations.
The Commissioner's team would like to hear from children and young people and adults that play a significant role in the lives of children (parents, carers, coaches, teachers, police, youth/community workers, faith leaders, etc.) from across Australia. There are a number of ways to take part – online surveys, a downloadable worksheet, and information on focus groups are all available on the Commissioner’s website.
Federal Budget submissions close Monday 24 August
The deadline for Federal Budget submissions is Monday 24 August. The Australian Council of Social Service submission will draw on advocacy positions outlined in a series of Covid-19 Recovery Briefing papers. If you have a major budget ask not covered that you think ACOSS should consider, contact Deputy CEO Jacqueline Phillips via [email protected].
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Community Sector represented at Consumer Protection Awards
Congratulations to Sharryn Jackson for receiving the Rona Okely award for her leadership of Community Legal WA and work contributing to long-term outcomes; and also to Indigo Junction, who received the Richard (Dick) Fletcher Award for providing services to people facing crisis and disadvantage. Both Indigo Junction and Community Legal WA are WACOSS member organisations, and were among a strong group of finalists, which included the Financial Counselling Network, Tenancy WA, and the Wunan Foundation. Read more about the winners and finalists from the awards.
Ngala COVID-19 Family Life Study
Ngala is partnering with the Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Doha, Qatar for a world first international study - the COVID-19 Family Life Study - which explores the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on family life across the globe. Ngala will be spearheading the collection of Australian data, and has provided cultural recommendations and advice, to ensure the survey acknowledges Australia’s unique way of life and its response to the pandemic. The study is being conducted in 40 countries across Europe, Africa, Latin America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East, and will collect in-depth information about the challenges faced by parents and children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents of children between 0-18 years old are encouraged to take the anonymous 30 minute online survey, which asks questions about family life, overall wellbeing, relationships and coping strategies during COVID-19.