Child Voice Consultation

In 1990, Australia formally approved and pledged to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. There was 42 articles in total, each one focused on ensuring children are having their rights protected.  The Australian Institute of Play often refers to Article 31 as a founding document, it reads:  Children have the right to relax, play and to join in a wide range of leisure activities.

Another article which is pivotal to the work we do is Article 12:  Children have the right to say what they think should happen when adults are making decisions that affect them and to have their opinions taken into account.

In Logan, children make up 1/3 of the population.  Yet AIP believe that they are not included or represented in the majority of community decisions which are made.  Decisions which impact children about play, but also other decisions which impact children such as school changes, land development, shopping centre designs and so much more. 

We believe that children should have more say and we are providing opportunities and platforms for children  to do so. See the below table for our past, current and ongoing efforts. 

Activity
Description
Year
Resource
Location
Child Friendly Neighbourhood Workshops 
Three networks have been created in Woodridge, Eagleby and Kingston, connecting and supporting over 80 local children and their families. Supporting Community members to transform their neighbourhoods into connected, cohesive, proud and playful sanctuaries for their children
2021, 2022 and 2022
Eagleby, Kingston, Slacks Creek
Child Voice and Play Consultation
199 of Logan’s children aged two to five explored their perceptions of play through a series of creative workshops. These voices have become the foundations for all CAPP and AIP efforts. Outcomes from these efforts include videos, reports and posters which have been shared throughout Logan.
2020, 2021 and 2022
Eagleby, Kingston, Slacks Creek, Woodridge
Children in Action
A group of local children willing to act as a reference group to ensure child led free play efforts will be effective and of interest to children.
2021 and 2022
Eagleby, Meadowbrook, Woodridge, Rochedale South, Slacks Creek, Shailer Park and Underwood.
Childhood Summit Presentations Children in Action Child Friendly Neighbourhood Workshops  Child Voice and Play Consultation Child Voice reports
We heard from 16 children at the Childhood Summit in 2021. These children presented talks up to 8 minutes about their hopes, concerns and ideas to make Logan a better and more playful place. These talks were recorded and available online for everyone to view, share and support.
2021
www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfM03sVGwLU&list=PLOqfNegkPkMzhQs3Ae6Hq0CpkYhAU8iFt
Slacks Creek
Child Village 
Based on the Childhood Summit Presentations, this is a landing page which represents their hopes, concerns and ideas to make Logan a better and more playful place. This page is dedicated to actions for these children and is open to support from any Logan individuals and organisations.
2022
www.australianinstituteofplay.com.au/child-village
Online, currently representing 9 Logan Suburbs