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New report shares voices of children and families

A new report released today by the Australian Human Rights Commission highlights how important it is for governments to listen to children and families when making decisions about services and government policies that affect them.  

The Keeping kids safe and well – your voices report, led by National Children’s Commissioner Anne Hollonds, follows a request from the Australian Government Department of Social Services to find out what children and their families think would help keep children safe.

Updates from Australian and New Zealand Children's Commissioners and Guardians

The Australian and New Zealand Children’s Commissioners and Guardians (ANZCCG) meets regularly to promote and protect the safety, wellbeing and rights of children and young people in Australia and New Zealand. 

Media statement: National survey on understanding and experiences of consent

National Children’s Commissioner Anne Hollonds and Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins have welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of a national survey exploring consent education of secondary school students across Australia.

'Are We Caring For Everyone? Exploring Child Protection in Australia'

National Children's Commissioner Anne Hollonds​​​​​​​ will be speaking at a symposium hosted by the Australian Association of Social Workers, 'Are We Caring For Everyone? Exploring Child Protection in Australia'.

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Proposal to raise the age does not go far enough

All 16 of Australia’s children’s commissioners, guardians and advocates say a commitment by state attorneys-general to develop a proposal to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 12 does not go far enough.

In a joint statement, Australian children’s commissioners, guardians and advocates said: “We are pleased that some jurisdictions have for the first time indicated they will look at raising the age, but this process is not going far enough or fast enough.

Child-friendly guide to help understand child sexual abuse

The Australian Human Rights Commission has worked with the National Office for Child Safety to develop a guide to help children and young people understand child sexual abuse, and how to seek help.

The guide was launched today to support Australia’s first ever National Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Child Sexual Abuse.

Input to the development of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Early Childhood Strategy

Summary

Thank you for the opportunity to provide input to the development of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Early Childhood Strategy (the Strategy). We commend the National Indigenous Australians Agency and SNAICC–National Voice for our Children for the work already done to prepare the Framework to inform the Strategy.

Thank you for the opportunity to provide input to the development of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Early Childhood Strategy (the
Strategy). We commend the National Indigenous Australians Agency and SNAICC–National Voice for our Children for the work already done to prepare the
Framework to inform the Strategy.

National Child Protection Week 5-11 Sept, 2021

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Every Child, in Every Community, Needs a Fair Go. National Child Protection Week, 5-11 Sept, 2021

Statement on the National Summit on Women's Safety

The Australian Human Rights Commission welcomes the opportunity to participate in the National Summit for Women’s Safety and to contribute to the development of Australia’s second National Plan on the Prevention of Violence against Women and their Children. Violence is a human rights issue that needs urgent and coordinated action.

Competitions

Friday 30 July, 2021

Competitions

The Australian Human Rights Commission regularly conducts competitions based around human rights themes and social issues.