The 20-page document, called Views of young people in residential care survey, presents findings from surveys carried out by the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian in 2011 and 2012. Overwhelmingly, young people who participated in these surveys indicated that their community visitors are accessible, helpful and provide much-valued advocacy and emotional support.
These findings lend weight to claims made in previous qualitative studies about the critical importance of investing time in building trusting, supportive and, ideally, enduring relationships between children in care and their advocates in the interests of safeguarding children and ensuring they are able to exercise their legislated participation rights. The report is available from the Commission’s website at: http://www.ccypcg.qld.gov.au
For more information, contact Julie Harcourt, Director, Strategic Policy and Research Program, Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian on (07) 3211 6987 or email: Julie.Harcourt@ccypcg.qld.gov.au
(Source: Youth Field Xpress - June )