The Language of Children's Rights: the impact on children in conflict with the law

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Abstract

Internationally, 2019 is a very significant year for
children’s rights, with the 30-year anniversary of
the United Nations Convention on the Rights of
the Child in November. The Convention is one
of the most ratified rights treaties in history,
and it plays an important role in defining,
as well as upholding the rights of children.
However, worldwide progress in implementing
and upholding the rights of children has been
uneven, resulting in the violation of the rights of
many millions of children.
While many governments such as the Australian
Government signed up to the Convention in
1990, as a country it is deeply concerning that it
still does not have a national strategy or national
measures to ensure the implementation of
appropriate protection of children’s rights.
The language of children’s rights has not been
embedded into policy developments, training,
or into practice in the area of youth justice in
Australia, and the repeated significant breaches
of the international standards and guidelines
paints a very confronting picture of how children
and young people in conflict with the law, are
mistreated and demonised.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherVictoria University of Wellington
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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