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Children's rights in Australia: what are they and how are they protected?

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The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is an international agreement that outlines the specific rights that children and young people can claim. What are these key rights and how are they protected in Australia?

Highlights:

  • All children are protected by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Australian mandatory reporting laws require suspected child abuse to be reported
  • Australian law protects children against entering the workforce too young
  • The UN has called for Australia to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to at least 14

 

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