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Children's Children's Rights

Child Wellbeing and COVID: National Survey

Australia’s National Children’s Commissioner surveyed over 7,000 Australian children and young people, parents, carers and grandparents about how living through the past two years of COVID-19 has affected their mental health and wellbeing.
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Children's Children's Rights

Children's Rights Reports

The National Children's Commissioner produces a report every year on the state of children's rights in Australia.
A compilation of the front covers of the Children's Rights Reports 2013-2017
Children's Children's Rights

Child-friendly versions of the Children's Rights Reports

What are the Children's Rights Reports? The National Children's Commissioner has to submit a report every year on the enjoyment and exercise of human rights by children and young people in Australia. This page contains an overview of all of the child friendly versions of the Children's Rights...
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Children's Children's Rights

Reporting to the United Nations on Children's Rights

In September 2019, Australia appeared before the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. This UN Committee monitors Australia’s progress in fulfilling its obligations under: • the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) • the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the...
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Child Safe Organisations

The National Principles aim to provide a nationally consistent approach to creating organisational cultures that foster child safety and wellbeing across all sectors in Australia.
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Children's Children's Rights

National Children's Commissioner's work on OPCAT

The Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) was ratified by Australia in December 2017. The OPCAT requires the government to put into place new and expanded oversight mechanisms in order to prevent torture, as well as cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment in places of detention...
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Children's Children's Rights

Children want a family free from violence

Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child gives to every child the absolute right to live free from all forms of violence, and requires protection for children who are exposed to and witness family and domestic violence. In 2015, the National Children’s Commissioner...
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Children's Children's Rights

Effects of family and domestic violence on children and young people

About this project In 2015 the National Children’s Commissioner conducted research and consultations on the impact of family and domestic violence on children and young people. The Commissioner’s investigation involved a series of expert roundtables, individual consultations and a submissions...
What does the 2014 report says
Children's Children's Rights

Child-friendly version of the Children's Rights Report 2014

In December 2014, the National Children's Commissioner published a child-friendly version of her Children’s Rights Report 2014. The child-friendly report is a short, easy-to-read summary of the contents of the National Children's Commissioner's report to Parliament. The National Children's...
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Children's Children's Rights

Privacy resources

The Convention on the Rights of the Child (the CRC) gives children and young people special rights to privacy, and in some cases these rights should be protected by the law. Article 16 of the CRC states: 1. No child shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his or her privacy...
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Children's Children's Rights

Statement of Intent on Children's Rights in Early Childhood Education and Care

In 2014, the National Children's Commissioner worked with Early Childhood Australia (ECA) to develop a Statement of Intent on Children’s Rights in Early Childhood Education and Care (Statement of Intent). The Statement of Intent identifies priority areas for action. It is a practical tool designed...