A new book celebrating the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child has been released by Australia’s children’s commissioners and guardians.
How Australian kids see the world contains drawings by children and young people from each state and territory, including Queensland, and presents the key principles of the UN Convention in a colourful and child-friendly style.
Queensland Commissioner for Children and Young People and Child Guardian Elizabeth Fraser said the book was a timely reminder of our responsibilities to children and young people.
“The Convention on the Rights of the Child was a landmark in children's rights. For the first time it recognised children as people in their own right, promoting their right to life, liberty, dignity and protection from all types of abuse,” Ms Fraser said.
“The book reminds us that children are the future of our society, and the responsibility we all have to care for and protect them.
“It also reminds us of the importance of listening to children and young people and ensuring their views are included in our laws, policies and decisions,” she said.
Ms Fraser said the Commission was dedicated to promoting and protecting the rights, interests and wellbeing of all young Queenslanders.
“As part of this commitment, one of our key objectives is ensuring that Queensland communities uphold children’s rights, and that our most vulnerable have access to integrated prevention and early intervention services.”
Copies of the book can be purchased from the National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN). Books are $20 each plus postage and handling, with proceeds going towards NAPCAN. Download an order form.