Children and Young People Committment


The ACT Children and Young People’s Commitment 2015-2025
Priority Areas

The 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 and how we can work together to promote and protect their rights.

Children and Young People's Commitment 2015-2025 [PDF 136.6KB]

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Children and Young People Commitment

Vision

All children and young people (0-25 years) across the ACT will have the opportunity to reach their potential, make a contribution, participate in decision making and share the benefits of our community.

Context

The focus of The ACT Children and Young People’s Commitment 2015-2025 (the Commitment) is children and young people aged 0 to 25 years residing in the ACT.

The purpose of the Commitment is to set a vision for a whole-of-government and whole-of-community approach to promote the rights of children and young people.

The Commitment has been informed by an analysis of evidence and designed following community engagement. It has been developed in consultation with children, young people, community agencies and the ACT Government.

The Commitment acknowledges the broad range of developmental stages within this age cohort. These include infancy, early childhood, middle years, adolescence and young adulthood. While there are significant differences between the transitional stages, the Commitment supports that the underlying principles are fundamental to 0-25 year olds.

In addition, the Commitment values andrespects the broad range of abilities and cultural differences that exist within our community. It promotes the values of social inclusion and equality and respects the significant contribution that all children and young people bring to our society.

Principles

The ACT Government is committed to ensuring the fundamental civil and political rights of all children and young people in the ACT are promoted and protected. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination.

The ACT Human Rights Act 2004 (the Act) provides a framework for developing a ‘human rights culture’ in everyday life in the ACT.

The Act ensures that everyone in the ACT is given equal respect, recognition and protection by the law, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, political or other opinion, language, disability, sexual orientation or any other status. The Act also includes principles drawn from the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), such as the right to life, protection of families and children, freedom of opinion and expression, and freedom of religion, thought and conscience, among many others (www.ohchr.org).

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) also sets out the basic rights of children and the obligations of governments to fulfil those rights (www.unicef.org/crc).

The principles contained in the Commitment are aligned with the ACT Human Rights Act 2004 and a range of international human rights treaties, including the UN CRC and the ICCPR. The following principles have been identified following consultations with children and young people, as well as giving regard to human rights treaties:

Priority areas

Provide access to quality healthcare, learning and employment opportunities

Implement policy that enables the conditions for children and young people to thrive

Keep children and young people safe and protect them from harm

Advocate the importance of the rights of children and young people

Build strong families and communities that are inclusive and support and nurture children and young people

Include children and young people in decision making, especially in areas that affect them, ensuring they are informed and have a voice

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