Young Thinking Series

The office of the Advocate for Children and Young People has developed a Young Thinking Series to assist in the Monitoring, Evaluating and Learning as part of the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Children and Young People 2016 to 2019.

Please find content of past events and register for future events below.

Brain Science

The first roundtable presentation in this series focused on the topic of brain science. At this event, several leaders in the field of brain science discussed recent findings on brain development and the significant implications these findings have on both programming and policy making.

The seminar took place at the office of the Advocate for Children and Young People on 22 March 2017. Videos of the brain science presentations are available to view via the link below.

Brain Science


Child rights programming

At this event, speakers discussed the principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and how they can be a useful lens to plan, implement, and monitor programs.

The seminar brought together speakers who each have national and international experience in working towards ensuring that children’s rights are realised.

The seminar took place at the office of the Advocate for Children and Young People on 30 May 2017. Videos of the Child Rights presentations are available to view via the link below.

Child Rights seminar


Ending violence against children conference

Every child has the right to live in a safe, stable nurturing environment in which they can thrive. Violence against children is a significant issue, yet the issue has been substantially neglected in Australia. This conference will challenge the social norms, attitudes and behaviours, which are contributing to the perpetuation of violence against children within our community. It will also showcase successful initiatives that are addressing the issue of violence against children in various contexts around the world.

The seminar took place at the Museum of Contemporary Art on 28 July 2017. Videos of the presentations are available via the link below.

Violence Conference


Dates for the events below have not been announced. To ensure you receive an invitation, please sign up to the ACYP Newsletter via the link below if you have not already.


Psychosocial programming

Child-focused psychosocial projects are those that promote the psychological and social well-being and development of children. At this event, speakers will discuss how approaches to psychosocial wellbeing and child protection can be beneficial to children and young people.

Date to be announced.

The future of relationships

Relationships are critically important to the development, safety and wellbeing of children and young people. At this event, speakers will explore current initiatives and future directions in the effort to equip young people with the information and support they need to have healthy relationships in the digital age.

Date to be announced.

Aboriginal over representation in juvenile justice

In NSW, the number of young people being detained in juvenile justice centres has dropped significantly over the past few years. However, the proportion of Aboriginal young people detained in these centres remains very high. At this event, speakers will explore current initiatives and future directions in the effort to end the overrepresentation of Aboriginal young people in juvenile detention.

Date to be announced.

Safe cities

The built environment has a dramatic impact on children and young people, their quality of life, physical and mental health, and experience of the world. This seminar will focus on opportunities to address the concerns of children and young people in the built environment.

Date to be announced.

Mental health in the early years

Parenting is one of the most important factors for the mental health and wellbeing of children. Other factors including poverty, stressful neighbourhoods and other psychosocial stressors also contribute to a child’s mental health. This seminar will showcase best practice programs in supporting children with conduct disorders and their families and present innovative models being used in other jurisdictions. 

Date to be announced.