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Promoting the rights and wellbeing of children and young people in Tasmania

Oct 07, 2015

Lunchtime Forums

Kym Goodes (CEO of TasCOSS) will present at our October lunchtime forum. The Commissioner for Children’s lunchtime forums aim to generate discussion, broaden networks and develop possible strategies to further support or progress issues of importance to children. At each conversation a speaker with expertise or experience in a particular area is invited to lead the conversation with a short talk. October’s conversation, presented by Kym Goodes, CEO TasCOSS will be: How poverty impacts on children in Tasmania October 11 – 15 is Anti-Poverty Week and this month’s Lunchtime Conversation will look at the impact of poverty on the health, education, participation, and the futures of Tasmanian children and young people. Kym Goodes, CEO of the Tasmanian Council of Social Services, has a background in the private, government and community sectors. Prior to joining TasCOSS, she was the Director of 3P Consulting, working across a range of industry and sector areas. Kym has also worked at a senior level in both the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services. In these policy development roles her focus included transition and retention of young people, career and transition support, and ‘youth at-risk’ models. Date: Tuesday, 13 October 2015 Time: 12.30 – 1.30pm Location: Commissioner for Children Office, Level 1, 119 Macquarie Street, Hobart Google Maps Please note, places will be limited to the first 25 people who RSVP to this invitation.  A light lunch will be provided. If after accepting you are unable to attend for any reason, can you please let us know so we can reallocate your place. Please RSVP by Monday 9 October RSVP:  Ann Davie: or phone (03) 6233 4520  

Sep 17, 2015

Young Creative Writers Awards Announced

The winners of the inaugural Commissioner for Children’s Young Creative Writers Awards have been announced. The Awards were presented by Mrs Margaret Blow at a prize giving ceremony at Government House on Thursday 17th September 2015. The Awards aim to foster and recognise children’s creative expression and to encourage entrants to think about and explore a child rights theme in their work. The theme of this year’s Awards is “play”, arising from the right of all children to relax, play and to engage in recreational activities. We received over 300 entries from young writers aged 5 – 17 around the State. The Commissioner congratulates each and every child and young person who submitted their short story or poem to the Awards. Every entrant will be awarded a certificate of participation. The Commissioner also acknowledges the many teachers, families and others who have supported and assisted the young writers to enter the Awards. It is hoped some young Tasmanians may be inspired through this process to follow a career as a writer, journalist or in the arts. The judges, Tasmanian author Danielle Wood and the Mercury’s editor Matt Deighton, were impressed by the breadth and depth of the entrants’ talent and creativity. Particular congratulations to the joint overall winners Freya Cox for her beautifully moving poem ‘forgotten children’, and Sam Berwick for his imaginative short story, ‘What Happens Behind Your Back’. The winning entries booklet can be downloaded here Winning Entries Young Creative Writers Awards 2015. Limited print versions are available on request. The Award winners are listed below:   Joint Overall Winners ‘What Happens Behind Your Back’, by Sam Berwick ‘forgotten children’, by Freya Cox   5-8 year category Winner: ‘Maria and the Playground’, by Michelle Elliott Runner up: ‘The Book’, by Noah Swan   9-11 year category Winner: ‘What Happens Behind Your Back’, by Sam Berwick Runner-up: ‘Play’, by Lara Vincent Merit Certificates: ‘Messy Fun’, by Kate Gallen ‘The Greatest Gift’, by Nina Handicott ‘Play is…’, by Ellie Foster ‘Nan’s Legacy’, by Sophie Giltinan   12-14 year category Winner: ‘Joey and the Crane’, by Daniel Johnson Merit Certificates: ‘Play’, by Ruby Wood ‘My Friend Imagination’, by Hannah Groom   15-17 year category Winner: ‘forgotten children’, by Freya Cox Merit Certificates: ‘A Boy and his Horse’, by Thomas-Jack Booth ‘Capture the Flag’, by Peter Burt

Sep 17, 2015

Child's play gets its own reward

Sep 09, 2015

Strengthening Child Safe Organisations Report

Sep 03, 2015

Commissioner's Submission: Inquiry into current levels of access and attainment for students with disability in the school system

Aug 31, 2015

Information about our recent events & forums

We were very fortunate to have Dr Fiona Wagg present on perinatal and infant mental health at our lunchtime forum on 23 September 2015. Getting a good start in life starts earlier than many people might think. This holds true not only for physical wellbeing, but for mental health as well. Engaging parents early on is critical to building the foundation for their children’s future development. Science tells us that a baby’s experience during pregnancy and in the first two years of life has long term impacts on: brain development, cognitive development, social and emotional development, physical health and mental health. Dr Fiona Wagg is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with special interests in infant mental health, eating disorders and innovative health service system design. She is Head of Department of CAMHS South in which innovative models of child and family mental health care are being implemented with a focus on collaboration across the child and family service system.  Dr Fiona Wagg Presentation

Aug 27, 2015

Commissioner's Reply to Ministerial Statement on Child Protection Services

Aug 16, 2015

Family Violence and children - extra investment welcomed

Aug 10, 2015

South Australian Aboriginal young people discuss culture and being in state care

Jul 30, 2015

National survey of children and young people on safety in institutions

The Institute of Child Protection Studies is seeking assistance from organisations that engage with children and young people aged 10-18, to conduct a national online survey with children and young people about their views on safety in institutions. The survey is part of a project commissioned by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. It aims to develop a greater understanding of: How children and young people understand safety, particularly in the institutional context Children and young people’s perception of the level and nature of safety in institutions Children and young people’s views on what gives rise to these perceptions What children and young people consider is already being done to respond to unsafe situations in institutions What children and young people consider should be done to respond to safety issues in institutions. The survey will be live from 3 August until the end of September. Organisations can participate by: Registering online to participate as a cohort: Programs and organisations can register online to receive the final report of the study and a summary for parents and young people. The disaggregated, anonymous results can also be provided to organisations which register as a cohort with a minimum of 100 young people. Promoting the survey to children and young people: Programs and organisations can request promotional materials to promote the survey directly to children and young people, through social media, newsletters, bulletins and other communications. Visit the website for more information about the survey.  

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Hobart, TAS 7000

Telephone: (03) 6233 4520
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