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Australian Children’s Commissioner says some kids need more help

The incoming Children’s Commissioner for the Australian Human Rights Commission talked about her goals during her first days at the Commission.

Commissioner Megan Mitchell says that some children need more help than others.

“One group of children I am particularly concerned about are those kids who disengage from the community and who find it difficult to stay positively connected. They often leave school early and sometimes end up in juvenile justice or the care and protection systems,” said Mitchell.

Another objective Mitchell discussed is the checking of both current and proposed Commonwealth legislation to ensure that the human rights of children in Australia are protected. Her work will be supported by the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

She endorsed CRC, saying that it has global approval all over the world, and it is one of the most accepted human rights treaty among all the other treaties, but still not enough is being done to preserve human rights protection in Australian law.

She stated that among the first things she will do is to get involved with children and child advocates all over the country to listen to children voice their thoughts, and tell her what they deem as essential for their futures.

“I want the views of our youngest citizens to be sought, heard and taken up by adults in our community,” Mitchell declared.

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