Here is a selection of recent speeches delivered by our Commissioner, Megan Mitchell.
Children's rights: Challenges, opportunities and emerging issues
20 Aug 2012
Megan Mitchell, Commissioner for Children and Young People, a discussion on the Opening Keynote by Professor Judith Masson, University of Bristol: Children’s rights: Challenges, opportunities and emerging issues.
Middle years of childhood
13 Aug 2012
The middle years of childhood – the tricky, exciting, transitional years from 9 to 14 – has been a high priority for the Commission since the Parliamentary Committee inquired into this age group in 2008 and put the lack of focus on this group on the radar of government.
Contemporary risks to children and young people: real and perceived
01 Dec 2011
Commissioner Megan Mitchell spoke at the 2011 Youthsafe forum, “What’s the frequency?”, Tuning into adolescent development to help young people stay safe. In her address on contemporary risks to children and young people, Ms Mitchell said, "The challenge is to take a proactive approach to prevent child injury in a way that does not compromise children’s right to play and recreation or detract from their agency."
Speak out. Stop bullying. It's everyone's responsibility!
01 Jul 2011
The NSW Commissioner for Children and Young People, Ms Megan Mitchell, spoke at the Speak out. Stop bullying. It’s everyone’s responsibility! conference about the launch of Interrelate Family Centres' new Save Our Schools (SOS) from Bullying program on Friday 1 July, 2011.
Welcome Address: Day 2, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference
03 Jun 2011
Megan Mitchell, NSW Commissioner for Children and Young People, spoke to the conference about the Commission's role and functions, the importance of partnerships in advocating for the interests of children and young people, and some of the Commission's current initiative, including A picture of NSW children.
Minister's Opening of Middle Years Seminar 1: Physical Development
02 Jun 2011
Minister for Citizenship and Communities, the Hon Victor Dominello, delivered an opening address for the Middle Years Seminar 1 (Physical Development) in the Jubilee Room at NSW Parliament House on Thursday 2 June, 2011.
Commissioner's Opening of Middle Years Seminar 1: Physical Development
02 Jun 2011
NSW Commissioner for Children and Young People, Megan Mitchell, opening address for the Middle Years Seminar 1 (Physical Development) in the Jubilee Room at NSW Parliament House on Thursday 2 June, 2011.
The Commission and schools: now and in the future
08 Mar 2011
Commissioner Megan Mitchell addressed the Australia and New Zealand Law Association (ANZELA). "We now know that in order to understand the impact of systems, policies and legislation on their lives, children and young people's voices need to be heard."
The Middle Years of Childhood
25 Nov 2010
The Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, addressed the ARACY Symposium. "34% of NSW children are in their middle years. 4.3% are Indigenous; 8.3% are not born in Australia; 17.5% do not speak English at home with 13.3% speaking an Asian language; 84.7% have a religion, 37.3% Catholic and 20% Anglican; religion is important to 48% of 15-17 year olds."
Launch of child friendly by design toolkit
19 Nov 2010
The Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, launced the Child friendly by design toolkit. "It is clear that children of all ages want to be supported to interact with their environments, their peers and members of their community in the places and spaces where they live, play and grow up. This includes both the built and natural environments and the places that link them together."