Including children’s voices in an anti-violence campaign

Children and family violence
Thursday 26 July, 1030 – 1050

Presenters

Andrew Johnson
Advocate for Children and Young People

Abstract
The NSW Advocate for Children and Young People is a statutory office with functions that include promoting the safety and wellbeing of children and young people and promoting their participation in decisions that affect their lives. The Advocate has consulted with more than 15,000 children and young people across New South Wales including those experiencing homelessness, are in out-of-home care, or in juvenile justice centres.

In consulting children and young people, the Advocate uses open-ended questions such as “What is working well for children and young people?” and “What is not working well?” Violence is one of the issues consistently cited by children and young people as “not working well”. Consultations with children and young people were then conducted to focus on this issue.

One of the key strategies identified by children and young people in focused consultations was the need for a public campaign that would both raise awareness of violence against children and young people and represent the reality of their lived experience. In response to their concerns, End Violence Against Children Now was developed with government and non-governmental organisations.

This presentation will canvass the process of developing the campaign with children and young people at its centre. The campaign features the perspectives of children and young people themselves, to highlight the social and economic effects of violence against them.