Community Legal Centres Queensland believes that children and young people are fully entitled to respect for their human rights.
Community Legal Centres Queensland supports the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, on which all decisions regarding persons under the age of 18 years should be based.
Community Legal Centres Queensland advocates:
- Increased adherence to the fundamental rights and freedoms contained in United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, including that all services, supports and interventions in relation to children are culturally appropriate;
- independent representation of children and young people in all legal proceedings which affect them in a manner consistent with the evolving capacity of the child or young person, to ensure that their opinion is taken into account by courts, tribunals, etc;
- the meaningful participation of young people in decision-making across all levels of government and in the non-government sector both individually in matters specific to them and more broadly in community issues of relevance or interest to them;
- an emphasis on early intervention and prevention to support and assist those young people and their families who may be at risk of involvement in child protection or youth justice systems, homelessness, involvement in alcohol or drug issues;
- An emphasis on early diagnosis and support for children and young people with mental health issues or disability; and
- The entitlement of young people to engage in society on equal standing with any other age group.
Listed below are a range of research papers, submissions, news articles and items of interest that provide additional information on this subject area.