Child Rights

It’s time to put children at the ❤️ of Australian aid

Child Rights

It’s time to put children at the ❤️ of Australian aid

Let's put children first

To the Australian Government and Opposition Party,  

A child’s first 1000 days will shape their lifelong health, cognitive development and growth. Childhood poverty often leads to stunting and mental health, behavioural and social problems. Investing in children early limits intergenerational poverty and illness.

I urge you to put children at the heart of Australian aid by:

  1. creating a dedicated Child Rights Unit to mainstream children’s rights across Australia's aid programs
  2. introduce Child Impact Assessments to measure and regularly report on our contribution to protecting the world's most vulnerable children
  3. increase our investment in specific initiatives proven to End Violence Against Children (EVAC) in the Pacific and Timor Leste to 1.5% of Australian Aid (currently only 0.1%)
This action will uphold Australia’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to leave no child behind. Australian aid must have a child wellbeing indicator because what gets measured gets done.

Yours Faithfully,

By signing the petition for child rights I'm stepping up my fight for justice by challenging systematic causes of poverty and inequality here and around the world.  Please email me opportunities to raise my voice and take similar actions with World Vision.

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Proceeds from the sale of this book will directly support World Vision’s Child Friendly Spaces, early childhood and basic education projects in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.

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Children First

World Vision has a bold plan for the Australian Government to ensure that at least 80% of Australian Aid investments, regardless of their objectives, effectively support, protect and empower children. 


  1. children are more likely to live in poverty than adults;
  2. children experience inequality and poverty in different ways than adults;
  3. children have the right to be heard and listened to; and
  4. children have the right to be protected.

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A decent education is every child's right. 

According to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals, all young people should complete upper secondary school by 2030. Around the world, only 43% of young people did so in the period 2008-14.

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Children and their rights

Children are entitled to special care and assistance and also entitled to exercise their right to participate in matters affecting them.

Most vulnerable children
We focus our work on reaching and supporting children who live in catastrophic situations and relationships characterised by violence, abuse, neglect, exploitation, exclusion and discrimination.

We seek improved learning outcomes, particularly for the most vulnerable children, through high-quality and inclusive education at all stages of the life cycle.

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We affirm that all people, including women and children, should be well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services, regardless of where they live.

Young people
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