For children and young people

Find resources and support for children and young people

Participate in the Commission’s survey for children and young people

The Commission is keen to hear from children and young people through its online survey. Children and young people are invited to take part by clicking here: Youth Survey

Posters

To download a poster with information for children and young people about their rights, click here: Poster: Speak up - it's your right (PDF, 338kb)

Charter of Rights for children and young people in out-of-home care

To download a poster with information for children and young people about their rights in out-of-home care click here: Charter of rights for children and young people in out-of-home care (PDF, 88kb)

Commission Inquiry reports

To download a youth-friendly illustrated summary of the “In our own words” inquiry, click here: Illustrated version of In our own words inquiry (PDF, 4mb)

To download a youth-friendly illustrated summary of the “Keep caring” inquiry, click here: Illustrated version of Keep caring inquiry (PDF, 1.1mb)

Resources for children and young people from other organisations

The following are links to other organisations with resources and supports for children and young people.

  • eSafety Commissioner
    The eSafety Commissioner is Australia’s national independent regulator for online safety. The eSafety website includes advice for children and young people to have safe experiences online.
  • Create Foundation
    Peak body representing the voices of children and young people with an out-of-home care experience. 
  • Youthlaw
    Free and confidential legal advice for children and young people.
  • Kids Helpline
    Free, private and confidential phone and online counselling.
    • 1800 55 1800
  • eHeadspace
    National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing free and confidential phone and online service for young people 12-25 years. 
    • online counselling
    • 1800 650 890 (9am-1am)
  • Beyond Blue
    Free and confidential calls and chats with trained mental health professionals.
    • counselling via online chat
    • Ph. 1300 22 4636 (Available 24/7)
  • Lifeline Australia
    24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention.
    • counselling via online chat (7pm to midnight)
    • text (12pm to midnight)
    • 13 11 14  (Available 24/7)
  • Frontyard Youth Services
    Support for young people 12 to 25 years who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness.
    • 03 9977 0077 or 1800 800 531 (Monday - Friday 9am - 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-6pm)
    • frontyard@mcm.org.au
  • Bullying No Way!
    Bullying. No Way! provides information, ideas and where to get help if you are being bullied.
  • Youth Affairs Council Victoria
    Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic) is the peak body and leading policy advocate for young people and the youth sector in Victoria.
  • Koorie Youth Council
    Koorie Youth Council advocates to government and community to advance the rights and representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.
  • Youth Disability Advocacy Service
    The Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) is an advocacy organisation that works with disabled young people who are aged 12 to 25.

For links to other organisations, see our Useful links page