The National Children's Commissioner produces a report every year on the state of children's rights in Australia.
Good morning everyone. I’d like to begin today by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land, the Widjabul people of the Bundjalung nation. I acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make. I also pay my respects to elders past, present and emerging.
Good morning, everyone and thank you for inviting me to be here today to talk to you about the importance of children’s rights. I’d like to begin by also acknowledging the traditional owners of the land, and paying my respects to elders past, present and emerging. I’d also like to acknowledge any Indigenous guests who are present with us today.
I would like to begin by acknowledging the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet today, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, and pay my respects to elders past, present and future.
Many thanks to all of you for the chance to talk about the work I’ve been leading, with the support of the Commonwealth Department of Social Services, on developing National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.
The National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, welcomes the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) endorsement of the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.
"The National Principles for Child Safe Organisations form a national benchmark for organisations working with children and young people across sectors and the country to develop and maintain a child safe culture. I am proud to have worked with the Australian Government in developing and promoting the National Principles," said Commissioner Mitchell.
The National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, hosted a roundtable discussion about juvenile justice with Angus Mulready-Jones, the Lead Inspector for children in detention for HM Inspectorate of Prisons (UK).
The focus of the roundtable – held at the Commission this week- was the implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) in Australia, and how we might learn from the inspection system that operates in the UK.
his animated video introduces the concept of human rights – what are they, where do they come from and why are they important in Australia today? This video was developed to complement ‘The Story of Our Rights and Freedoms’ classroom resources for Years 7-10 History and Civics and Citizenship.