Why is it important to promote and protect children and young people's rights?
The protection of human rights is widely accepted as an essential part of a modern and just democracy. Along with basic human rights, children also have the right to special protection because of their vulnerability to exploitation and abuse. These rights have been recognised in international conventions, national and territory legislation.
Australia is a signatory to the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child and the ACT had Australia’s first bill of rights legislation (Human Rights Act 2004).
The Children and Young People Act 2008 is ACT legislation that is human rights compliant, makes the bests interest of the child paramount, and aims to help children and young people be safe, supported and valued by the community.
ACT Children and Young People's Commitment 2015-2025
ACT Children and Young People’s Commitment 2015–2025 identifies six priority areas. The areas for action under each key priority provide guidance to the Canberra community on how we can best support children and young people to reach their potential promote and protect their rights.
A Picture of ACT's Children and Young People 2016
A Picture of ACT's Children and Young People 2016 [PDF 9MB] Full version
Introduction of A Picture of ACT's Children and Young People 2016 [PDF 1.9MB]
Territory and National Policies and Frameworks Influencing Children and Young People [PDF 437KB] [HTML]
Part One: Children and Young People [PDF 7MB][HTML]
Part Two Families, kinship and networks [PDF 1.7MB] [HTML]
Part Three Communities, enviroment and services [PDF 1.7MB] [HTML]
A Picture of ACT's Children and Young People 2015
A Picture of ACT's Children and Young People 2014
A Picture of ACT's Children and Young People 2014 [PDF 3.91MB] [Word 18.78MB] [Designer PDF 4.46MB]
A Picture of ACT's Children and Young People 2013
A Picture of ACT's Children and Young People 2013 [PDF 2.58MB] [Word 369KB]
A Picture of ACT's Children and Young People 2012
A Picture of ACT's Children and Young People 2012 [PDF 446KB] [Word 418KB] [Designer PDF 1.02MB]
Inaugural Picture of ACT Children and Young People 2011
A Picture of ACT Children and Young People 2011 [PDF 732KB] [RTF 732KB] [Designer PDF 732KB]
ACT Children's Plan 2010-2014 (launched in 2010)
ACT Children's Plan [PDF 347KB] [Word 432KB] [Designer PDF 1.84MB]
ACT Children's Plan 2010-2014 Final Report [PDF 708KB] [Word 3.4MB]
ACT Children's Plan 2004-2014 (launched in 2004)
ACT Children's Plan [PDF 421KB]
The Children's version [PDF 114KB]
Priorities and Actions [PDF 715KB]
The Poster [PDF 820KB]
Hearing Young Children's Voices Report [PDF 2.09MB]
Hearing Young Children's Voices Report [Summary PDF 124KB]
ACT Children’s Plan Final Report
The ACT Children’s Plan 2010-2014 aimed to ensure that Canberra is a child and youth friendly city that supports all young people to reach their full potential, make valuable contributions and share the benefits of our community. The final report provides an overview of key achievements undertaken by between 2010 and 2014 by the ACT Government across the six building blocks of the ACT Children’s Plan. The ACT Children’s Plan provided the impetus for a range of activities across the ACT Government. Examples of key initiatives are reported under the six building blocks of the ACT Children’s Plan:
- Opportunities for children to influence decisions about their lives and their community, and to actively participate in their communities
- Advocacy, promotion and protection of children’s rights
- Processes to assess the impact of law, policy and practice on children
- Regular monitoring of the state of children’s health, well-being, learning and development
- Services, programs and environments that support children’s optimal development and enhance parental, family and community capacity
- Effective governance mechanisms across government and community.