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In the development of the three-year whole of government Strategic Plan for Children and Young People, children and young people participating in face to face consultations with the Advocate frequently mentioned violence in response to the question, ‘what is not working well for children and young people in your community?’

In consultations with over 15,000 children and young people across the state violence continued to be raised by children and young people in post-Plan consultations across bullying, juvenile justice, homelessness and with Aboriginal children and young people.

The Advocate worked with schools and community groups to conduct consultations with over 200 children and young people on violence, ensuring that participants had access to support if required. Polling of a further 1,000 12-24 year olds was commissioned by the Advocate.

The Advocate also commissioned polling of 1,000 adults in NSW to gauge current community attitudes and perceptions of violence against children.

You can read the results of the consultations and polling in the below reports.

Report: consultations with children and young people about violence

what children had to say

The Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People undertook focus groups with 202 children and young people in seven schools across NSW which was further assessed through an online poll of another 1,000 children and young people. Read the report via the link below:

Report: public perceptions on violence against children

what adults had to say

The 2017 Violence Against Children Survey was administered online among a sample of 1,006 respondents 18 years and older living in New South Wales


Adult survey results on violence against children


Consultations and polling with children and young people on violence