Helen Connolly

Commissioner for Children and Young People - South Australia

Helen Connolly is South Australia’s inaugural Commissioner for Children and Young People. Her role is to promote and advocate for the rights, development and wellbeing of all children and young people in South Australia. Before becoming Commissioner, Helen worked as an Executive Director of Australian Red Cross in South Australia, applying 30 years’ experience as a leader in human services. Throughout her career, Helen has taken an active advocacy role on the main policy issues that impact on the wellbeing of Australian families and children with a strong focus on early intervention and prevention strategies. She is a former Chair of the South Australian Council of Social Services (SACOSS) and currently Co-Chair of Reconciliation SA.