James McDougall, Institute of Child Protection Studies; Commissioner for Children and Young People Tasmania Policy Team


Tasmanian Government


To provide sound policy support for effective engagement with children and young people

Project details

This project is built on the principle that children and young people have rights, including the right to have a say in decisions that affect their lives. We worked with the Policy team at the Office of the Commissioner for Children and Young People (CCYP) Tasmania to provide advice on how to support those rights. We also helped them review and update policies and procedures to enable and support engagement with children and young people.

This work informed the new Policy Framework that guides the work of the Commissioner in promoting and empowering the participation of children and young people in decision-making which affects them, or the expressing of opinions on matters which may affect their lives.

The Policy Framework reviewed and updated materials and procedures that addressed issues and challenges such as consultations, ethical practice, consent, and the use of images.


The project contributes to knowledge and learning that enables the engagement of children and young people in decision making and public policy development.

Children and young people will be supported to be involved safely and ethically in policy and decision making.

The Policy Framework will be available publicly to guide community and government in engagement. It will help CCYP Tasmania offer leadership to the Tasmanian community in the protection, participation and engagement of children and young people.


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