Queensland kids to adults: We’ve got this, despite COVID

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Queensland kids are getting in their last-minute responses to the Growing Up in Queensland 2020 study as the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) releases its interim findings from the state-wide study.

The views of almost 4,000 children and young people have been showcased in an interim report, highlighting their concerns and worries, hopes and dreams and vision for the future.

Principal Commissioner Cheryl Vardon said young Queenslanders have displayed their positive outlooks for the future and this project has captured their resilience and compassion.

“Despite all the changes due to COVID-19, young people remain optimistic about their future,” Ms Vardon said.

“The preliminary findings show the sunshine state kids care deeply about their communities.

“Even Queensland’s youngest citizens had their say, drawing pictures representing their passion for the environment and love for their families.

“Their positive attitudes and dedication to the issues that are important to them represent their resilience in the face of so much change.”

As expected, children and young people spoke of COVID-19 and expressed their worry about the future impact on their employment and education options.

“Growing Up in Queensland 2020 will capture a historical point in time as we navigate through this global pandemic and will be reflected upon by future generations,” Ms Vardon said.

Aside from COVID-19, children and young people advocated for vulnerable people in their communities, including their peers with disabilities and for additional mental health services and supports.

QFCC Youth Advisory Council (YAC) member Madison said by listening to and involving young people in decision making endeavours, we can find innovative solutions to key challenges, create meaningful change and ensure that the perspectives of young people are valued and respected.

“For leaders to make meaningful change for young people we must have genuine representation, be recognised as having value to contribute to decision making and be given the opportunity to share our insights,” Madison said.

“The Growing Up in Queensland 2020 study will create timely conversations amongst key decision makers, highlight the valuable insights of young people and help to bring greater awareness to the common issues that young people are passionate about.”

The final report is due to be release early 2021.

For more information about the Growing Up in Queensland 2020 study, please visit: www.qfcc.qld.gov.au/GrowingUp

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