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.
Working together for kids
- Guide 1 – Child Concern Reports: What are they and what does it mean if someone makes a report about my child?
- Guide 2 – Going to court and working to reunite families: What’s involved and what can I do?
- Guide 3 – When children are in care: What happens with my child when they are in care and what can I do to have them come home?
- Guide 4 – Feedback and raising concerns: How can I let others know what I think?
- Guide 5 – Representing yourself in court: What do I need to know to navigate care and protection court processes?
A Picture of ACT's Children and Young People
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] [HTML]
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 [PDF 3.39MB] [Word 3.68MB] [Designer PDF 5.97KB]
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 [PDF 2.58MB] [Word 369KB]
A Picture of ACT's Children and Young People 2012 [PDF 446KB] [Word 418KB] [Designer PDF 1.02MB]
A Picture of ACT Children and Young People 2011 [PDF 732KB] [RTF 732KB] [Designer PDF 732KB]
If you have any questions about your legal matters, these services might be able to help:
- Aboriginal Legal Service 6249 8488
- Legal Aid 6243 3411
- Youth Law Centre 6173 5410
- Child and Youth Protection Service 13 34 27
For questions about your court date and time call the Children's Court Registry on 6207 1746.
For help or advice after hours* you can also call the After-hours Bail Service on 1300 556 729 (*weekdays 5pm to 2am; weekends and public holidays 4pm to 2am).