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2023 Child Rights Report

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2023 Child Rights Report

The Queensland Child Rights Report 2023 details the state of children’s rights in Queensland. The report analyses how Queensland upholds children’s rights, and it identifies the changes needed to embed a child rights approach across government policy, legislation and systems to deliver better, more equitable outcomes for Queensland children.

The inaugural 2023 report explores child rights issues the QFCC has observed in its statutory role, including a special chapter that focuses on Queensland’s youth justice system and assesses Queensland’s compliance with its obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

The report also analyses issues relating to children’s civil rights and freedoms; violence against children; the child protection system; disability, health and welfare; and education and play.

The topics explored in the report align with reporting tools used by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, which regularly reviews the steps Australia has taken to enact the UNCRC.

The QFCC will proactively monitor Queensland’s progress in upholding children’s rights and plans on releasing its assessment annually.

This report was independently evaluated by a panel comprising three child rights experts from across Australia, whose assessments contributed to the information and conclusions.