Growing Up in Queensland gives children and young people from across the state the opportunity to share their experiences on growing up in 2020. Through surveys, postcards and art activities, the project seeks to gather insights about what is important to children and young people, what their communities are like and their hopes and dreams.
A key element of the project has been face-to-face focus groups conducted in schools and youth groups. However, due to COVID-19 and in the interest of the safety and wellbeing of Queensland’s teachers and students, I decided to cancel the focus groups this year.
We know that in times of difficulty, the voices of children and young people can often be the least heard. While adults are keeping our community safe, it is important that we make sure our children and young people are heard. That is why we have adjusted our approach by developing new ways of hearing the views of children and young people.
Via qfcc.qld.gov.au/growingup, children and young people can access:
• Youth survey, available online for young people aged 13–18 years
• Junior survey for children aged 8 – 12 (coming soon)
• Artwork activity, available online for children aged 4–7 years
• Postcard questions, available online for children aged 8–12 years.
Children and young people’s comments help bring issues to life. Their stories and experiences demonstrate how issues impact our youngest citizens. Just as we did in 2018 when we published the This Place I Call Home: The views of children and young people on growing up in Queensland report, the insights gathered will be shared to inspire changes to the way decisions are made.
Should you have any questions about the Growing up in Queensland 2020 project, please contact Cheryl Vardon Chief Executive & Principal Commissioner Queensland Family & Child Commission on 07 3900 6002 or Mr Hamish Bessant, Director, Queensland Family and Child Commission on 0408 076 036 or via email Hamish.email@example.com.