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Governments must urgently address youth justice crisis

The Australian Human Rights Commission calls on all Australian governments to urgently address the national crisis in youth justice to prevent further harm to children in detention, and to reduce youth offending through effective systems of support.

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Ongoing juvenile detention crisis a failure of basic support for kids and families

The National Children’s Commissioner is calling for urgent reform across multiple government departments and agencies to address Australia’s youth detention crisis. In her keynote speech at the launch of National Child Protection Week at Government House in Canberra today, Commissioner Anne Hollonds...

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Survey shows children need better mental health support

A national survey examining the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people during the COVID-19 pandemic shows children and their families need better support from schools and mental health services. An initiative of the National Children's Commissioner, the survey found that children...

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National day spotlights culture and rights of First Nations children

Celebrating and showcasing the lives of First Nations children is the focus of today’s National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day. With the theme this year of ‘My Dreaming, My Future’, the day also provides a valuable opportunity to reflect on how Australians can work together to...

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Government action needed to protect children in detention

Joint statement from: June Oscar AO Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Anne Hollonds Australia’s National Children's Commissioner Lorraine Finlay Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner The Australian Human Rights Commission is deeply concerned about the safety and...

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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...

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Protect children from data surveillance

Even before birth, Australian children are the targets of technology that collects their data and threatens their privacy – but right now we have an opportunity to protect them and future generations.
 
 Parents who use pregnancy apps or share ultrasounds on social media can expect information about...

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Children’s commissioners and guardians unite in opposing NT legislation

All fourteen Australian and New Zealand Children’s Commissioners and Guardians (ANZCCG) have united in opposing new legislation introduced by the Northern Territory Government, which proposes to alter the NT’s Youth Justice Act and Bail Act. The commissioners and guardians wrote to NT Chief Minister...

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