The Rights of the Child

Child Rights Webinar Series 2020-2021

 

The Diplomacy Training Program, in partnership with Youth Law Australia and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights, are delivering a series of Child Rights webinars over the next year. The webinars will cover various aspects of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in discussion with Australian and international child rights experts.

 

Webinar 4: "Addressing Poverty: children's rights and Australia's obligations"
Wednesday 24 March 2021 9.00 - 10am AEDT

The Convention on the Rights of the Child does not contain an explicit right to freedom from poverty. However, for children to enjoy the rest of the rights outlined in the Convention, this human right addressing poverty is key. The response from UN members at Australia’s Universal Periodic Review highlighted the shortcomings in the protection of children in regard to poverty and echoed the recommendations in the Concluding Observations of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) Committee. This fourth webinar in the CRC series we will hear from Professor Philip Alston, former Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights (2014-20) and Professor Sharon Bessell, Director of Gender Equity and Diversity and head of the Children’s Policy Centre at the Australian National University as we look at the impacts of poverty on the rights of children.

Click here to register.

 

Webinar 3: "Applying the CRC to policy and practice - the Scottish Experience"
Tuesday 9 February 2021 7.00 - 8pm AEDT

From increasing children's participation in decision making, reducing the number of children in prison, and changes to the education to system, to ensuring the "best interests of the child" guides all decision making, Scotland has undergone significant change by applying the Convention on the Rights of the Child. As the Convention is about to be incorporated into Scottish law, we heard from Scottish Children and Young People's Commissioner Bruce Adamson and Megan Farr as we explored the Scottish model which could inform practice in Australia as Australia looks to implement the recommendations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

For more information, please see the webinar's brochure. To view the recording of the webinar, please click here. Megan's Powerpoint presentation and resources shared during the webinar are also available.

Webinar 2: "COVID, Australia and the Rights of the Child"
Friday 11 December 2020 12.00 - 1.30pm AEDT

This webinar with new National Children’s Rights Commissioner Anne Hollonds, and DTP alumna Sue-Anne Hunter of SNAICC focused on the impact of government policies and actions on the rights of children during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Children and young people have raised five major concerns to a consultation organized by the Human Rights Commission from January to April. The webinar linked these concerns to recommendations of the CRC Committee to Australia and show how the CRC and action on the recommendations would have addressed some of the concerns expressed by children and young people.

For more information, please see the webinar's brochure. To view the recording of the webinar, please click here. Resources shared during the webinar.

Webinar 1: "Australia and the Rights of the Child"
Friday 20 November 2020 1.30 - 2.30pm AEDT

"Australia and the Rights of the Child" explored the recommendations to Australia from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. Progress made, such as the ACT's decision to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility, was discussed as well as challenges in implementing the Committee's recommendation and the application of the CRC in Australia's states and territories.

Speakers: Liana Buchanan, Principal Commissioner for Children and Young People Victoria and Roxanne Moore, Executive Officer National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services.

The discussion was moderated by Faith Gordon, Senior Lecturer ANU, Director of the International Youth Justice Network and Noam Peleg, Senior Lecturer UNSW, Review Editor, The International Journal of Children's Rights

For more information, please see the webinar's brochure. To view the recording of the webinar, please click here. Resources shared during the webinar.

 

 

 

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Building Capacity on Implementation and Reporting

A Workshop in Brisbane 24-25 February 2020

The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) and its partners held a 2-day intensive training program to build knowledge and understanding of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), of the Australian reporting process to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (the Committee) and with a focus on implementation of the Committee’s recent Concluding Observations (Recommendations) to Australia, made in September 2019.

The 2-day intensive training program enabled government officials and NGOs to build their knowledge and understanding of the CRC and its principles - including the influential interpretations of the Committee - and relate the CRC and the Committee’s Concluding Observations to relevant policy and practice in Australia. 

This training program follows successful pilot programs held in Sydney in 2017 and Darwin in 2019.

Program Brochure

Program Summary Report

 

 

30th Anniversary of The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Building Capacity on Implementation and Reporting

A Workshop in Darwin 29-30 July, 2019

The Diplomacy Training Program, Danila Dilba Health Service and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights held a 2-day intensive training program to build knowledge and understanding of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and of the Australian reporting process to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (the Committee).  This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the adoption of this landmark Convention.  Australia’s record is currently being reviewed by the Committee.

This 2-day intensive training program enabled government officials and NGOs to build their knowledge and understanding of the CRC and its principles - including the influential interpretations of the Committee - and relate the CRC to relevant policy and practice in Australia.  One major theme of the program was juvenile justice, with a special focus on Indigenous youth.  A new CRC General Comment (soft law) on Juvenile Justice will be very relevant to Australia, and law and policy in states and territories.

This training program follows the successful pilot program held in Sydney in 2017.

Program Brochure, Summary Report, Program Report

 

 

 

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Program

November 2017

 

The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) program was held on November 9 & 10 at UNSW Sydney. It was delivered with the Diplomacy Training Program, NCYLC (Matthew Keeley) and the former AHRCentre (Noam Peleg) [all based at UNSW Law]. The 2-day intensive training program helped build participants’ knowledge and understanding of the Convention and of the Australian reporting process to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (Committee).

The CRC reporting process is an important, but little understood, opportunity for officials at all levels of government to review policy and practice relating to children against Australia’s obligations under the CRC, to share perspectives with the community sector.

Participants came from NSW, Qld, Tas and SA – from CSOs, government and statutory bodies. Representatives Attorney General’s presented on the process of preparing the government’s report to CRC (just released) – and engagement with the CRC periodic reporting process.

Dates: 09 -10 November 2017 

Location: University of New South Wales in Sydney

See Concept NoteBrochure, Schedule, Report

 

Useful resources and links:

Convention on the Rights of the Child

Committee on the Rights of the Child 

 

Video on UN CRC