THE CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD
25 years ago Australia ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
The CRC includes 54 articles and has four guiding principles:
EVERY CHILD, EVERYWHERE
IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE CHILD
SURVIVAL, DEVELOPMENT AND PROTECTION
Source: Early Childhood Australia
More information about the CRC is available at UNICEF/CRC.
CHILDREN’S RIGHTS IN AUSTRALIA
Last week the AHRC launched its report on children’s rights in Australia, reflecting on national progress in relation to the Convention, identifying priority areas and making recommendations for advancing the rights of children in Australia.
You can find out more the 25CRC Children’s Rights Report 2015 here: https://www.humanrights.gov.au/our-work/childrens-rights
A CHILD FRIENDLY version of the 2014 report is also available.
“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 Commissioner wanted children and young people to be able to access easily the findings of her report.”
CHILDREN’S RIGHTS IN EDUCATION
The Supporting young children’s rights: Statement of intent (2015-2018) was developed by Early Childhood Australia and the AHRC.
“The statement is designed to support teachers, educators, the community, families and children to ethically and authentically support the rights of children in early childhood; to understand and implement child rights education in early childhood education and care settings, and to advocate for children’s rights.”
Five key themes are included in the statement:
The right to be heard
freedom from violence, abuse and neglect
the opportunity to thrive
engaged civics and citizenship
action and accountability