What do children think about their safety and happiness?

3 September 2019

‘I am treated fairly, I have lots of fun, and life is good for me at the moment’ - 88% of children and young people aged 7 and over in out of home care with Life Without Barriers said these statements are true for them!

Creating opportunities to hear the voices of children is a key part of being a child safe organisation. That’s why we conducted our second Listening to Children’s Voices Survey in 2019. It takes a point-in-time snapshot of how children in family-based care and residential care feel about their safety and happiness.

We’re using this information to continue to refine our practice so children and young people have the support they need to grow and thrive.

It’s been five years since our first survey and it’s rewarding to see such positive results. We surveyed children and young people in out of home care with Life Without Barriers across Australia, and this is what we found:

  • 95% said they feel safe where they live (compared to 93% in 2014)

  • 92% said they feel part of the family where they live (compared to 87% in 2014)

To see the full results, including the break down by state/territory, visit the Listening to Children page. If you’d like to know more about the Listening to Children’s Voices initiative, please contact with Melinda Clarke at melinda.clark@lwb.org.au, our Safeguarding Lead from National Practice and Quality Team.