Meet our Partners
The Commissioner for Children and Young People (CCYP) is an independent statutory office established by the South Australian government in 2017.
The role of the Commissioner is to promote and advocate for the rights, development and wellbeing of all children and young people in South Australia.
The Commissioner is committed to advocating for children and young people’s involvement in decision-making that affects them, with particular consideration given to the needs of vulnerable and at-risk children and young people across our communities who struggle to have their voices heard.
Helen Connolly took up her appointment as South Australia’s first Commissioner for Children and Young People in April 2017.
The CCYP Front and Centre advocacy agenda (2018-2022) seeks to bring together issues that are important to South Australia’s children and young people to provide opportunities for them to have a ‘voice’ and create conditions in which they feel happy, active, safe, listened to, respected, valued and informed.
There are 4 key focus area set out below (to access more information on the projects and outcomes relating to each please go to the CCYP website)
- Place the interests of children and young people front and centre in everyday life.
- Prioritise the development and wellbeing of those doing it tough
- Strengthen children and young people’s participation in society
- Engage and empower young digital citizens
CCYP publishes submissions, reports, position briefs and guidelines. Below are two CCYP publications which focus on Play.
The CCYP Press Play report examines the findings of a survey of 500 South Australian young people aged 13 – 18 on the importance of play in their lives.
In 2020, during the year of COVID-19, SA Commissioner for Children and Young People spoke with hundreds of South Australian kids to find out what they thought were the most important issues of our time.
View the short accompanying video.
Play Australia is the peak national advocacy organisation for PLAY.
Play Australia support outdoor play by way of inspiration, advice, access to information and professional services.
As the Australian branch of the International Play Association (IPA) Play Australia protect the human rights of all children to play, as recognised within Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The purposes of the association are:
- to promote the value of play for children, young people and the wider community;
- to inspire active healthy outdoor play opportunities that are accessible to all;
- to be the peak body advocating for and supporting the value of play locally and nationally;
- to advance the implementation of Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; and
- to be the Australian Secretariat of the International Play Association (IPA).
Play Research is about partnerships not projects.
As a team we collaborate and work with our partners so that together we can solve complex problems.
We are proud to have South Australia’s Commissioner for Children and Young People as a partner.
The support & commitment of the Commissioner to develop new research-based understanding of play is invaluable.
Meet the University of South Australia play research team.
Meet the Commissioner of Children and Young People.