The NSW government's decision not to replace COVID fines - issued to about 3000 children - with cautions, could violate the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child.
The Court’s decision represents narrow understanding of accountability, the role of courts, and ignores children’s positionality in society.
Adults (and governments) don’t see children as agents of their own human rights – and that's a big problem.
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.
The NSW plan doesn’t measure up against international best practice. And Victoria doesn’t seem to be following a child-centred approach, either.
When you want to leave each other, but not your furry friend, could a shared arrangement be the answer?
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.