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‘Listen to us’: using the views of WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people to improve policy and service delivery

Posted on: 17 August, 2015
Issue: Vol 15 No 3, July 2015 – September 2015
Related to Cultural ways Policies Adolescents Infants and young children Research Services Social issues Western Australia

Commissioner for Children and Young People WA (2015)
‘Listen to us’: using the views of WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people to improve policy and service delivery
Perth: Commissioner for Children and Young People WA

This report presents the outcomes of a major consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Aboriginal) children and young people across Western Australia (WA) conducted by the Commissioner for Children and Young People WA.

In 2014, the Commissioner consulted with 1,271 Aboriginal children and young people from all major regions of WA about the most important issues in their lives.

The consultations highlighted many positive features of Aboriginal children and young people’s lives that safeguard their wellbeing, but also that some are vulnerable and experiencing challenges that require greater attention.

Key themes to emerge from the consultations included:

  • family and community
  • culture
  • education and aspirations for the future
  • recreational activities
  • racism and reconciliation.

The purpose of this report is to add to this body of evidence by emphasising what Aboriginal children and young people see as important and using their views to increase the effectiveness of programs and services that support their wellbeing.

Abstract adapted Commissioner for Children and Young People WA