Children’s voices must be heard
Around seven per cent of children and young people live in poverty, and one third are developmentally vulnerable when they start full-time school.
For Children’s Commissioner Colin Pettit, the figures are a stark reminder that despite significant work and good intentions, too many of the State’s children are still falling through the gaps.
“There are far too many vulnerable children in WA from a range of backgrounds and cultures who remain caught in the trap of disadvantage,” Mr Pettit said.
In order to overcome the challenges, these children need support, resources and opportunities.