The Children and Young People Commissioner is an independent statutory position that sits within the ACT Human Rights Commission. Ms Jodie Griffiths-Cook is both the Children and Young People Commissioner and the Public Advocate. Find out more information about the role of Public Advocate.
Children and young people are the experts in their own lives. Every child and young person is different and it is important to make sure that children and young people have the chance to tell us about the things that are important to them, and to be involved in making decisions about things that are happening in their lives.
As well as having the right to have their views heard, children and young people also have the right to additional protections that may be needed because they are a child or young person. This is a right to special or positive measures, which requires a higher standard to be adopted in relation to children and young people when considering the application of other rights in the Human Rights Act 2004.
Investing in processes that use the expertise of children and young people will help us to make sure that Canberra is both child-safe and child-friendly, a place where children and young people feel confident that they will be taken seriously about things that matter.
Becoming a Child-Safe, Child-Friendly city involves recognising children and young people as valued members of the community, respecting their thoughts and opinions, and giving them opportunities to participate in decisions that affect their lives. Equally it involves ensuring their rights are upheld and that they are appropriately protected.
This is central to the work of the Children and Young People Commissioner (CYPC).
The legislation that describes what we do is:
The best thing about being the Children and Young People Commissioner is being able to:
If something is not right, I speak up about it; if something can be done better, I suggest changes. All the ideas and insights that children and young people share with me help shape my work and what I focus on.
This word cloud shows some of the things that I have heard from children and young people.
If you would like to know more, or you would like to talk with me, contact us.