Centre for Children and Young People

CCYP-logo-640-150-24kbChildren and young people matter. Understanding their lives, circumstances and the issues that are important to them is central to our research. So too is identifying how such knowledge can improve policy and practice.

At the Centre for Children and Young People, our research focuses on the rights and wellbeing of children and young people (0-25 years) in the key contexts in which they live their lives – family, school and community. Children and young people’s views and experiences are central to the research that we do, why we do it and how it is approached. 

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Centre celebrates 15th Anniversary

Progressing the rights, wellbeing and safety of children and young people: What have we learned and where to now?

A Conversation with Regional and National Experts

The Centre for Children and Young People recently held a Symposium marking 15 years of collaborative research, education and advocacy aimed at improving the rights, wellbeing and safety of children and young people.

Given this year also marked the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the symposium was a timely and important opportunity to reflect on progress in our organisations and communities in promoting and realising the rights of children and young people, while identifying work yet to be done.

The National Children's Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, delivered an inspiring keynote presentation highlighting important positive developments in Australia that contribute to promoting, protecting and realising the rights of children and young people. The Commissioner also discussed key priority areas that require urgent and ongoing attention particularly in the areas of mental health, safety of children and young people, the rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in care and in juvenile justice systems, children in immigration detention and increasing rates of child homelessness.

The symposium was convened by Centre Director, Professor Anne Graham, and chaired by Professor Judy Cashmore (University of Sydney and Adjunct Professor at Southern Cross University). Participants included those working in education, disability support, family law, out of home care, health and related policy contexts.

An expert panel, including the CEOs of Social Futures, Good Grief MacKillop Family Services, Association of Children's Welfare Agencies (ACWA) and People with Disability Australia (PWDA), along with the NSW Advocate for Children and Young People and School Services Director at NSW Department of Education, facilitated an engaging discussion on the challenges and opportunities in progressing the participation and protection of children in the organisations they lead.

The Symposium was an important opportunity to celebrate the collaborative work of the Centre for Children and Young People while identifying optimum ways of working together as researchers, policymakers and practitioners to better ensure young people's views and perspectives inform decisions and actions aimed at improving their lives.