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Children’s Rights Report 2017

Date

Children's Rights Reports

Commissioner Megan Mitchell, Attorney General Christian Porter and Guests

The National Children's Commissioner produces a report every year on the state of children's rights in Australia.

Convention on the Rights of the Child

Friday 28 August, 2020

The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child in November 1989. The Convention came into force on 2 September 1990.

Read the Convention.

 

Children’s Commissioner Visits Indonesia

On October 22 and 23, National Children’s Commissioner Commissioner Megan Mitchell travelled to Bogor, Indonesia, to take part in a two-day conference on children’s right to a healthy environment, sponsored by range of agencies including the German and Indonesian Governments, UNICEF, the United Nations and Terre des Hommes.

Around fifty children and young people from around the region, as well as international experts, shared their experiences of land, air and water degradation and how this is impacting on children in their communities.

Every child’s right to good health is the focus of 2019 National Children’s Week

The right of all children to the highest standard of health care, including mental health care, is the focus of this year’s National Children’s Week, which runs October 19-27.

“The theme of Children’s Week 2019 is the right of every child to good health and wellbeing,” National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell said.

“As Australia’s National Children’s Commissioner, it gives me great pleasure to support this fundamental children’s right.”

UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty

The author of a ground-breaking global study on children spoke at the Oceania regional launch in Sydney on October 11.

Professor Manfred Nowak, the Independent Expert leading the global study found that a minimum of 1.5 million children around the world each year are deprived of their liberty across a variety of settings, with negative impacts on the wellbeing of children.

“The principle is that children should never be behind bars.  Every child behind bars is one too many, and there are millions behind bars,” Professor Nowak said.

UN calls on Australia to do more for children

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child is calling on Australia to prioritise raising the age of criminal responsibility as part of its Concluding Observations on Australia's performance in protecting the country's children and young people. This comes at a time when there is a strong push around the country to improve our responses to juvenile offending and do more to divert children from criminal justice systems.

The current age of criminal responsibility in Australia is ten. The Committee has proposed raising it to fourteen.

UN calls for national action to protect the rights of children and young people in Australia

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child is calling on Australia to prioritise raising the age of criminal responsibility as part of its Concluding Observations on Australia's performance in protecting the country's children and young people. This comes at a time when there is a strong push around the country to improve our responses to juvenile offending and do more to divert children from criminal justice systems.

The current age of criminal responsibility in Australia is ten. The Committee has proposed raising it to fourteen.

Sport as an Enabler of Human (Children’s) Rights - Craig Foster

Child Safe Organisations – Launch of the National Principles

 21 August 2019

Sport as an Enabler of Human (Children’s) Rights

Craig Foster


Putting the child at the centre of sport, now there’s a novel idea. One that presents a direct challenge to the win-at-all-costs mentality. As we will find out today, that cost is can be a very high, human one, and often a child’s future.

Child Safe Organisations: eLearning modules released

A series of free, online training modules to help organisations increase their knowledge and understanding of child safety was released today by the National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell, at a national forum in Sydney.