Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Children’s Week 2015: Children’s Rights are Human Rights

Children’s Week is a national celebration that showcases the achievements of children and young people, and spreads the message that every child has the right to learn, be safe and grow up happy and healthy.

This year, Children's Week runs from Saturday 24 October to Sunday 1 November 2015.

The theme for 2015 is Children’s Rights are Human Rights, marking 25 years since Australia signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Local councils, organisations, schools and early childhood services are getting involved in free events right across Victoria at attractions such as Werribee Open Range Zoo, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Museum and ACMI.

Find out what’s on near you.

Our research

The Commission has looked into the issues faced by families relinquishing children with disability into state care. The research followed concerns raised by our Disability Reference Group warning that families may be surrendering their children because they are not given adequate support.

The 2012 report, Desperate measures: The relinquishment of children with disability into state care in Victoria, shines a light on what has been a hidden problem in our disability system for many years.

The report results from our consultations with parents, organisations that support parents, disability and parent advocates, service providers and practitioners looking at the nature, extent and causes of relinquishment, focusing on children under 18 with disability.

Our research found that 50 or more families surrender the day-to-day care of their child with disability to the state each year because they cannot get access to the support they need to continue caring full time.

Find out more about the project, including background and related information here