The National Children's Commissioner produces a report every year on the state of children's rights in Australia.
Anne Hollonds has commenced in her role as Australia’s new National Children’s Commissioner.
Commissioner Hollonds emphasised the need for greater recognition of the importance of childhood in Australia.
“Childhood is quite rightly described as critically important for people's social, health and economic outcomes, but the value of childhood is not only about the future adult that a child may become.
The Australian Human Rights Commission will today commence public consultation for its Independent Review of the sport of gymnastics in Australia.
The Commission is undertaking the Review of the sport at the request of Gymnastics Australia, with the support of the AIS and the National Institute Network, and will deliver its findings in early 2021.
The Review will build an understanding of the sport’s culture and identify systemic issues impacting upon athlete experience and barriers to reporting misconduct to inform future, better practice to ensure safety and inclusivity.
Since lockdown restrictions were introduced in March, the national 24/7 counselling and support service Kids Helpline has received a significant increase in the volume of children and young people seeking help, up 24% to the end of August compared to 2019.
The concerns they raised in counselling sessions provide important insights into how governments, parents and educators can better support children and young people through the pandemic.
A new report analysing the issues children and young people raised in counselling sessions during COVID-19 shows they have experienced serious impacts on their mental health, social connections and education.
The report, which examines data from 2,567 counselling sessions with Kids Helpline, underscores the risk of vulnerable children falling through the cracks, and highlights the need for children and young people to be prioritised during and after the pandemic.
A statement from young people who attended a major conference on children’s rights has identified the five greatest challenges facing young people in Australia in 2020.
The Child and Youth Statement, facilitated by World Vision Australia, listed COVID-19, climate change, Indigenous children’s rights, citizenship and mental health as the most urgent challenges young people face.
The Australian Human Rights Commission will conduct an independent review of the sport of gymnastics in Australia, it has been announced today.