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National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention - Background papers

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Background papers

As part of its

Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention the Commission has compiled eight

Background Papers to assist organisations and individuals wishing to

make submissions to the Inquiry.

The Background

Papers cover a range of children's rights:

  1. Introduction

    (overview of international standards, including articles 2, 3, 5,

    6, 12, 22 and 37 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child)

  2. Culture

    and Identity

  3. Mental

    Health and Development

    (including survivors of torture and trauma, child abuse and neglect,

    play and recreation)

  4. Health

    and Nutrition

  5. Prevention,

    Treatment and Accommodation of Disabilities

  6. Education

    (including preschool, primary, secondary and vocational education)

  7. Legal

    Status

    (including refugee status determination, guardianship of unaccompanied

    children)

  8. Deprivation

    of Liberty and Humane Detention

    (including mandatory detention, detention of children 'as a last resort',

    conditions).

The Background

Papers outline international standards as they relate to children in

immigration detention, particularly the Convention

on the Rights of the Child and Guidelines

of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on refugee

and asylum seeking children. The papers raise issues and questions for

further inquiry, including relevant standards and practice in Australia.

The Commission

is happy to accept submissions that do not refer to these Background

Papers. They are simply intended to assist, where necessary, in the

preparation of submissions.