Uniting Country SA fully endorse the Charter of Rights for Children and Young People in Care.

All children and young people have rights, and those that are in care have a special set of rights in addition to these. Rights are things that people can expect to have and receive no mater who they are. If children and young people are unable to live with their parents, then the adults who are looking after them must do what is best for them and ensure they are always able to enjoy these rights. Rights must not be taken away from children and young people, no mater who they are, what they do, or where they come from.

As an organisation which cares for children across a variety of programs, Uniting Country SA works hard to ensure that all children under our care or the care of a program we manage are able to experience all the rights due to them in full. 


About the Charter of Rights

Helplines and complaints

There are nine rights that children and young people are due, these rights are universal and cannot be taken away from them:

  • The right to be safe and well cared for
  • The right to be listened to and have a say in decisions that affect them
  • The right to be themselves and to be treated with respect
  • The right to connect with their culture
  • The right to have contact with people who matter to me
  • The right to good health, fun and play
  • The right to privacy
  • The right to a good education
  • The right to get the support I need so I'm ready to leave care and feel good about my future

If you would like to read more about the nine rights for children and young people, you can read the full charter by clicking the button below:



If you think your rights are not being respected and need someone who can help you, or you want to make a complaint, you can:

  • Speak to your carer
  • Speak to your worker
  • Speak to the supervisor at your worker's office
  • Speak to the Office of the Guardian for Children and Young People on 1800 275 664
  • Lodge a complaint through the Department for Child Protection complaints line on 1800 003 305

Who can you call if you need extra help:

  • Kids Helpline (24 hours) 1800 551 800
  • Headspace (for young people over the age of 12)
    1800 063 267
  • Crisis Care (Department for Child Protection after hours)
    13 16 11
  • Create Foundation 1800 655 105
  • And if you are 16 or over, GOM Central through the
    link below:

Charter of Rights for Children and Young People in Care

GOM Central

You can learn more about UCSA's commitment to these resources by visiting the Office of the Guardian for Children and Young People by clicking the link below.

The Office of the Guardian for Children and Young People