Don Dale Centre

Report must be catalyst for change

The Australian Human Rights Commission welcomes today’s findings of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory, 18 months after details emerged of the disturbing mistreatment of children in the Don...
Friday 17 November 2017
youth in detention

Governments must end abuse of young people in detention

The Australian Human Rights Commission today expressed continuing and deep concern about the abuse of young people in detention.“The focus on punitive measures is failing young people. A much better approach is to focus on effective early...
Friday 7 July 2017
Father lies on the ground, surrounded by child's toys.

A brighter future for teen parents and their children

National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell has begun a series of roundtables exploring issues faced by young parents – aged 19 years and below – and their children.“Young parents and their children are at risk of a range of poor outcomes in...
Wednesday 28 June 2017
Image of Megan Mitchell at the launch of the Children's Rights Report. To Megan's right is a painting by a young person in youth justice detention. That painting is also the cover of the Children's Rights Report.

Children’s Rights Report 2016: There’s no excuse for child abuse

National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell today launched the 2016 Children’s Rights Report, detailing the findings of her investigation into the treatment of children and young people in correctional detention in Australia.“By neglecting...
Friday 2 December 2016
Artwork cropped from the front of the Children's Rights Report.

Why is this happening in 21st century Australia?

The National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell has called for Australia to ratify and implement the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) as soon as possible to ensure better oversight of youth justice detention.The...
Thursday 1 December 2016

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