The SA Child Protection Awards will recognise the contributions government, non-government and philanthropic partners have made to improve the lives of families, children and young people.

Congratulations to all our finalists!

Centacare Catholic Country SA

For their contribution and commitment as a partner agency in supporting vulnerable children and families through the Child and Family Safety Network in the Ceduna, Pt Lincoln and Whyalla areas.

Kornar Winmil Yunti Aboriginal Corporation (KWY)

For their Stronger Safer Family Hubs in the northern metropolitan, southern metropolitan and Riverland regions that are delivering culturally strong programs to reduce family violence, keep children safe and prevent children coming into care.

Ms Ann-Marie Hayes, Department for Human Services.

For her partnership and collaboration with DCP and other partners in transforming early help and support services for families to prevent children from coming into care.

The Yarning Group, Gabmididi Manoo Children and Family Centre

For their support group helping Aboriginal parents connect with culture and their children’s education and providing support for vulnerable and isolated Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal families in Whyalla.

Catholic Education SA

For their generous scholarship program which provides scholarships to 200 children and young people to attend Catholic primary and secondary schools across the state.

Department for Education - Youth Justice Program, Port Lincoln

For its alternative education program offering a trauma-informed approach for young people in care engaged in the youth justice system.

Department for Education - Children in Care service

For prioritising the active participation and achievement of individual children in care and improving their access to education by providing guidance to schools and preschools in key areas such as school transitions, enrolments and exclusions:

Sarah Anstey, Cheryl Malone and Deidre Lockley.

Noarlunga Downs Primary School

For its dedicated focus on fostering supportive environments so that children in care have every chance to thrive and succeed at the school.

Dr Deepa Jeyaseelan, Dr Jane Rosser and Ms Franca Foti, Women’s and Children’s Health Network

For their work in championing the health and development needs of children and young people in care through the Child Development Unit and Out of Home Care Clinic.

Dr Greg Miller, Chairperson, Australian Dental Foundation

For his commitment to the oral health needs of children and young people in care and post care, enabling access to philanthropic services that will provide additional dental services to those available through the public system.

West Coast Youth and Community Support

For their work to engage and support disadvantaged and at risk adolescents in the Pt Lincoln area.

Yarrow Place – My Place program

For the My Place program, providing mobile outreach services delivering therapeutic responses and health care for complex and vulnerable young people to prevent their children entering care.

Department of Human Services - Adults Supporting Kids (ASK)

For the Adults Supporting Kids (ASK) website, providing information and access to early help support services for people with concerns about the safety and wellbeing of children, young people or families:

Community Living Options

For developing a unique therapeutic residential care environment providing trauma-informed and person-centred support for young people in care.

Detective Senior Sergeant Ashley Grant, SAPOL

For his leadership of the Eastern Family Safety Framework and collaborative approach through the Child and Family Investigations Section to supporting high-risk families and vulnerable young people in care.

Uniting Communities – Jo’s

For Jo’s, an innovative residential care service providing therapeutic care for young people in care.

Centacare Catholic Country SA

For their contribution and commitment as a partner agency in supporting vulnerable children and families through the Child and Family Safety Network in the Ceduna, Pt Lincoln and Whyalla areas.

Flinders Medical Centre – Child Protection Service outreach

For their leadership in delivering outreach services that provide specialist assessment and therapeutic services for children and young people in the Limestone Coast region.

Narungga Nation Aboriginal Corporation

For their work to place Narungga Aboriginal families at the centre of decision-making about Narungga children, including their significant efforts to better support Narungga children in contact with the child protection system under the Buthera agreement.

SAPOL – Far North and APY Family Violence and Child Abuse Teams

For their work in protecting vulnerable children and young people from family violence and child abuse in the Far North and APY Lands.

Anglicare SA Post Care Pathways

For their support of young care leavers at risk of homelessness through their Housing First program, KP.

Relationships Australia SA – GOM Central

For the GOM Central online platform providing a digital community space and resources to support young care leavers.

SYC Specialised Residential Care & HYPA Housing

For their work in providing accommodation and support to help young people in care transition to successful adulthood.

With Love Formal Wear

For building self-esteem and confidence of young people in care by supporting them to participate in school formals and graduations and celebrate these important milestones.

Aboriginal Family Support Services
KWY together with Lutheran Community Care
InComPro together with UnitingCare Wesley Bowden

For working together to provide a new, Aboriginal-led consortium model of support for kinship carers of Aboriginal children and young people in care.

Bindee Davis and Karen Weeks

As foster carers, for advocating for and supporting the cultural connections of the Aboriginal children in their care.

Sharron Williams, Chief Executive, Aboriginal Family Support Services

For being a driving force across South Australia and Australia for the recognition that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people must be central to decision-making about their children and young people.

Winangay Resources Incorporated

For their collaboration and development of a culturally-appropriate approach to engaging, assessing and supporting kinship carers in South Australia.

CREATE Foundation

For their work in connecting with and representing the voices of children and young people in care and who have left care.

Junction Australia

For their collaboration with an architecture firm, Hames Sharley, children and young people in care to design a therapeutic home tailored to the needs of children and young people.

No Capes for Change

As a group of young people with current or previous care experience, for partnering with DCP to work for positive change for children and young people in care.

Relationships Australia SA - Ngartuitya Family Group Conference Service

For supporting children’s involvement in family group conference processes to empower vulnerable families to keep their children and young people safe.

Eric Cruz, Centacare Catholic Family Services

For his work in promoting and developing innovative media opportunities to showcase and raise community awareness about the role of foster carers.

Key Assets

For their work in developing innovative training approaches for foster carers through the use of virtual reality to convey the traumatic experiences of children who have experienced abuse.

Lauren Novak, The Advertiser

For reporting the experiences of children and young people in care.

Australian Centre for Child Protection, University of South Australia

For their leadership of child protection research across Australia and partnering with jurisdictions including South Australia to support the design of evidence-based services.

BetterStart Child Health and Development Research Group, University of Adelaide

For leading epidemiological research to better understand factors for preventing and responding to child abuse.

Centacare Catholic Family Services – Dr Jackie Amos and the Reunification Team

For their therapeutic model of casework that integrates research into practice to assist children and young people at risk to return to their families.

Social Work Innovation Research Living Space, Flinders University

For their partnership approach to innovative research that directly supports practitioners working with vulnerable children and families.

Department of Human Services – Lived Experience Network

For contributing their diverse experiences as parents and carers to inform and shape key reforms to support families and prevent children entering care:

Shelly Coad, Mirja Severe, Mona Shirzadkhan, Wei Gao, Chloe Cameron, Jasmine Brouwers, Lemy Neisha, Elisha Hoffmann, Luke Buttigieg, Stacey Ugur, Jamie Schmidt, Sara Weeding, Kirsten Abel, Belinda Valentine and Steve Harvey.

Hayden Gill

For contributing their sporting skills and social work training to support and mentor young people at risk in Whyalla.

Tirbhavan (Turbo) Singh

For contributing their sporting skills and social work training to support and mentor young people at risk in Whyalla.

Dallas and Melissa Ballard (Far West Coast)

For providing a safe, loving and enriching home for the children and young people in their care.

Josh Savage and Lucy Mastrangelo (South-East)

For providing a safe, loving and enriching home for the children and young people in their care.

Katina Karam (Far West Coast)

For providing a safe, loving and enriching home for the children and young people in her care.

Kelly Donaghay (Upper Spencer Gulf)

For providing a safe, loving and enriching home for the children and young people in her care.

Lee Lawrie (APY Lands)

For providing a safe, loving and enriching home for the children and young people in her care.

Leslie Wanganeen (metropolitan)

For providing a safe, loving and enriching home for the children and young people in his care.

Rebecca Turner (metropolitan)

For providing a safe, loving and enriching home for the children and young people in her care.

Vicki Rigney (metropolitan)

For providing a safe, loving and enriching home for the children and young people in her care.