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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.

 

Launched today - UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty (Oceania region)

 The Oceania regional launch of the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty will occur in Sydney today.

The 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.

Professor Manfred Nowak, the Independent Expert leading the global study, will present the findings and recommendations of the study at the Oceania launch event in partnership with the Australian Human Rights Commission.

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.

Child Safe Organisations: eLearning modules released today

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.

Children’s Rights in Australia: looking back and moving forward

Good morning everyone. I’d like to begin today by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land, the Widjabul people of the Bundjalung nation. I acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make. I also pay my respects to elders past, present and emerging.