In 2016, the theme for Children’s Week is based upon Article 17 from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: (UNRC) “Children have the right to reliable information from the media.” Children’s Week celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood. It is also a time when children can demonstrate their talents, skills and abilities.
The Advocate for Children and Young People, Mr Andrew Johnson said “Children’s Week is a time to reflect on ensuring that we are doing all we can to ensure the rights of children are realised. “Australia ratified the UNRC 26 years ago, we must recognise that there is still a long way to go to turn children’s right from rhetoric to reality,” Mr Johnson said.
One of the main findings of state-wide consultations with more than four thousand children and young people undertaken by the Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People, was that children and young people want to have their opinions heard, to be treated with respect and taken seriously. As a result, “voice” is one of the six themes of Australia’s first three-year whole-of-government Strategic Plan for Children and Young People which was launched in July.