Australia is the ‘lucky country’ for many children, but there is much work to be done to protect our most marginalised and vulnerable.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, asylum seeker children and children living in out-of-home care struggle to have their voices heard.
Indigenous youth are 28 times more likely to be imprisoned in juvenile detention.
Young people make up more than one third of Australia’s homeless population.
Since November 2011, the UTS Law Students’ Society and more than 50 of our Community Ambassadors have been working to increase community awareness about the legal rights and interests of these children.
We created and funded a Youth Reporter role with the Child Rights Taskforce to share the discussion between Australia and the United Nations about how we can do better to protect child rights.
This initiative gave Janani Muhunthan the opportunity to visit Geneva and observe the Australian session before the Committee on the Rights of the Child in June 2012.
We are passionate about continuing our fundraising, advocacy and youth engagement activities, but we need your help!
To support Jan in her journey as Youth Reporter, please read and share her blog by visiting www.listentochildren.tumblr.com.