Priorities for Australia’s new Children’s Commissioner

On her first day at the Australian Human Rights Commission, the incoming National Children’s Commissioner, Ms Megan Mitchell, has said she would like children’s voices to feature more prominently in the issues that affect them.

“I want to see governments pay greater attention to the needs of children, including through listening directly to their aspirations. I want to ensure that their efforts are focused on creating independence, instilling confidence, ensuring children’s safety and focusing on the most vulnerable and marginalised,” said Commissioner Mitchell.

“Engaging with children and child advocates around the country to hear what children have to say and what they see as important for their futures, will be one of the first things I would like to do,” said Commissioner Mitchell.

humanrights.gov.au (26/3/2013)

It will be very interesting to see where this national focus on children’s rights and issues will go. Megan Mitchell is a fantastic choice as Australia’s first National Children’s Commissioner, and will strongly champion the rights and voices of children.

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