Fields of Interventions:
Since 2014, International Social Service (ISS) Australia has been the Australian section of DCI. It continues to advance children’s rights, with a focus on the areas of:
- raising the minimum age of criminal responsibility across all Australian jurisdictions to the CRC standard of 12 years
- regulating international commercial surrogacy in accordance with the rights of the child
- advocating for Australian ratification of the CRC-OP3 to allow individual communications concerning Australian breaches of the CRC
- banning smacking and all forms of violence against children in all Australian settings
ISS/DCI Australia is a member of the End Child Detention Coalition, the international Ratify OP3 coalition, and Australia’s Child Rights Taskforce. It also has a representative on the steering committee of the Child Rights Taskforce, the peak body bringing together over 100 child-focussed non-governmental organisations around Australia, which coordinates CRC shadow reports and collaborates on specific advocacy matters.
ISS Australia has developed an online training programme in child rights as a professional development resource for anyone working with children, or otherwise interested in child rights. Taught in the medium of English, with tutor-moderated assessment, the course will be launched for a national and international audience in 2016, along with face-to-face training in child rights available in Melbourne.
We are developing DCI’s identity in Australia as ‘Child Rights Australia’, with a Twitter account and a website in development. Child Rights Australia is intended as a one-stop online resource for information, resources, news, views, campaigning and advocacy on a wide range of child rights issues facing Australia. It is due to be launched in 2016.
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