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The Child Friendly SA initiative provides a model for communities to work together to improve outcomes for children and young people.
This model can be used by any organisation involved in considering, planning, implementing and measuring programs to improve child development outcomes, a first in Australia.
In South Australia, councils have been working together with their communities to improve child development outcomes in 6 key areas:
- active participation (children’s voices)
- belonging (including wellbeing)
- play and leisure.
These 6 goals reflect the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child so any council or community organisation adopting the CSFA approach is also supporting the protection of children’s rights in their local area.
Two guides have been produced by the South Australian Department for Education, together with UNICEF Australia and the Local Government Association of South Australia for organisations to become Child Friendly.
The Child Friendly approach is informed by evidence and by community participation, in particular children and young people having a voice in decisions that affect their lives.
This documentary video, in partnership with UNICEF Australia showcases the Child Friendly SA initiative in action in communities.
See the whole documentary series on Child Friendly SA.
It is a comprehensive professional learning program for staff that explicitly links to the six Child Friendly SA (CFSA) goals.
The Champions of Children’s Rights program assists teachers to further develop children’s and young people’s abilities to participate actively in their schools and communities.
Engagement and Wellbeing
Email: education.engagementandwellbeing [at] sa.gov.au