Centacare champions the voice of the child and seeks to implement the Charter of Rights for Children and Young People in Care to the fullest potential.

Our illustrated booklet reinforces the importance of children and young people having their voice heard and their rights valued.

Aimed at children aged up to 10 years, the resource follows the adventures of three characters – Patch, Pippy and Piper – as they explore their rights, such as their right to feel happy and safe, to understand their culture, and to ask for help when needed.

The fun and interactive materials are distributed to children and young people we work with, and are displayed prominently at Centacare sites.

  • Download our Children’s Rights brochure HERE

We offer a number of programs for families, children and young people, from parenting groups, to home visiting programs, support services, targeted intervention, specialist dad support, intensive family support services, reunification and foster care.

Our multidisciplinary teams work with families to identify risks and target support to mitigate challenges impacting their capacity to parent.

Your rights

As a child and young person, you have rights! This means you can expect to be treated well and cared for.

The Charter of Rights for Children and Young People in Care explains these rights.

You can read more about them HERE.

You have the right to:

Feel good about yourself by:

  • Knowing about and connecting with your culture
  • Having personal things like special belongings kept safe
  • Developing your talents and things you like, such as art or playing sport
  • Knowing that people care about you
  • Understanding where your family is
  • Having contact with the people who help you feel good about yourself

Live in a place where you feel safe, respected and cared for.

This is a place where:

  • You are not hurt or made to feel bad
  • You have someone to talk to
  • You get treated fairly, and with respect
  • You are listened to
  • Your thoughts and opinions are heard
  • You have nutritious food, clothing and your own bed
  • You are supported to learn new things and grow
  • Can safely express your opinion

If you are worried or sad, you have the right to:

  • Ask for help
  • Get the help you want and need
  • Talk to someone about your worries and what is making you sad
  • Seek and receive support for a disability or health need

If you need someone to talk to, you can:

  • Call Centacare’s Intake Worker on (08) 8215 6700
  • Contact The Guardian for Children and Young People on 8226 8570
  • call the Kid’s Helpline on 1800 55 1800