In the wake of the outcome of the 2017 national Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the WA government has announced the development of a new mobile phone app to connect children living in state care to important information, emergency help, and enable direct contact with caseworkers, advocacy and a complaints service.
The development of this app aligns with our vision of ‘Justice for children and young people’, and is just one of the many ways the government is working to strengthen legislation regarding child sexual abuse and the protection of children in out-of-home care.
The app, My View, will be introduced on a six-month trial basis to 300 of the 5,300 children and teens living in out-of-home care across the state. It was commissioned by the Advocate for Children in Care and was developed in consultation with young adults who were previously in care, and the government believes this is a key step in ensuring the empowerment of children and teens living in care.
The implementation of ‘My View’ is one of the 310 recommendations to the Western Australian Government from the Royal Commission, of which 95% have either been completed or are in progress at the time of publishing the McGowan Government’s second annual progress report.
Youth Legal Service Inc. provides free legal advice and casework to Western Australian’s under the age of 25 across several areas, including criminal matters, motor vehicle accidents, contract law, and violence and misconduct restraining orders.