Charter of Rights

This is the Charter of Rights for Children and Young People in Care, published by the Office of the Guardian for Children and Young People. All children, including those who live with their families and those who live under the Guardianship of the Minister or who are in care, are entitled to their rights being respected at all times.

To download a poster copy or for more information, please visit the Office’s website.

You have the right to feel good about yourself by:

  • Being treated like other children and young people who do not live in care
  • Knowing who you are and your history
  • Knowing that people care about you
  • Understanding where your family is
  • Knowing about and connection with your culture
  • If you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait islander, knowing about your cultural identity and participating in your community’s business and activities
  • Having all of your personal things kept safe – like photographs, school reports and special belongings
  • Developing your talents and interests, like sport or art
  • Keeping in contact with the people who help you feel good about yourself

You have the right to live in a place where you are safe, respected and cared for. This means a place where:

  • People understand and respect your culture
  • You are not hurt or made to feel bad
  • You have someone to talk to
  • You get treated with respect
  • Things are fair
  • Your thoughts and opinions are asked for and considered
  • You get nutritious food
  • You get decent clothes
  • You have your own bed
  • You have your own ‘space’ or a place where you can have some time on your own if you want it
  • You have people caring for you who have special training about your needs
  • You are not being moved around a lot
  • You know how to go to if you have a problem or want to complain about something

You have the right to get the help you want or need. This means:

  • Regular support and contact from your worker
  • Support to understand your culture and to connect with your community
  • A plan which shows how and where you will be cared for
  • A good education
  • Extra support if you have special education needs
  • Extra support if you have a disability
  • Medical, dental and other care when you need it
  • Get help with planning for your future
  • Support and a place to live when you leave care

You have the right to understand  and have a say in the decisions that affect you. This means:

  • Understanding why you are in care and having your questions answered
  • Knowing what information is kept about you
  • Expressing your opinion about things that affect you
  • Being involved in what is decided about your life and your care
  • Knowing if personal information about you is shared
  • Speaking to someone who can act on your behalf when you cannot do this

You have rights.

If you feel that you are not being listened to or you need someone who can act on your behalf or you want to make a complaint, this is what you can do…

  • Speak to your carer
  • Speak to your worker
  • Speak to the supervisor at your worker’s office
  • Speak to the Guardian’s Office on 1800 275 664
  • If is is after hours and urgent you can phone the Families SA Crisis Response Unit on 13 16 11

This charter was developed by talking with children and young people and with the help of a Steering Committee with representatives from the Office of the Guardian for Children and Young People, Children Youth and Family Services, the Create Foundation and Child and Family Welfare Association, South Australia.