Did you know that we all have human rights?
We have these rights because we are human beings. Our human rights are the things that we all need to have a good life.
Children and young people have special rights that are written in a document called the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Children and young people have special rights because their needs are different from adults.
- Be treated fairly
- have a say about decisions affecting you
- live and grow up healthy
- get information that is important to your wellbeing be safe, no matter where you are
- be cared for and have a home
- get an education
- know who you are andwhere you come from
These are just some of the rights you have. The Australian Government has promised to make sure that all children and young people get these rights
There is also a special group of people called the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.
This Committee watches out for children all over the world and tells governments how they can better protect children’s rights.
In 2012, the Committee looked at what life is like for children in Australia and told the Australian Government what it could do to make things better. They said that Australia does a lot of good things for children and young people, but that the Government can still do more. They were worried that some children:
- are being treated unfairly
- are being bullied and hurt
- are not getting the education they need
- can’t live with their parents
- are not as happy or as healthy as they could be
- do not have homes
- are in trouble with the law and need help
- are locked up
- are exposed to violence.
Australia needs to listen to children and young people and work harder to help them.