National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention - Background papers

National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention

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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.