children's rights

A child holding a poster on landfill with 'save our planet' written on it.

Adults (and governments) don’t see children as agents of their own human rights – and that's a big problem.

protesters hold a sign up saying there is no planet b

Children and young people are likely to face the worst effects of climate change, but they’ve often been denied a seat at the table in global discussions on how to tackle the climate crisis. 

A child wearing a protective sterile medical mask with the parent holding a globe.

Every time a new policy is introduced or an old one is abandoned, its impact on children’s rights must be assessed and evaluated again.

primary school-aged children walk across a zebra crossing wearing face masks

The NSW plan doesn’t measure up against international best practice. And Victoria doesn’t seem to be following a child-centred approach, either.

Youth Law Australia Director Matthew Keeley (left) and Principal Solicitor Ahram Choi (middle). Photo: supplied.

Ensuring children have free access to legal assistance empowers and protects them.  

junior craftsmen making copper handicraft products in traditional method

Australian Journal of Human Rights Andrea Durbach prize-winner explores a new framework, giving more weight to children’s voices while facilitating their journey in life.

Australia child

In a recent report, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child was highly critical of the Australian government for its youth justice failures and the rise of children with mental health issues.