SNAICC is working to ensure that a child rights-based approach is integrated in all SNAICC work. At our core is support for the realisation of all human rights for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people, adults and communities. Currently, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people remain the most vulnerable group in Australia, experiencing vast poverty, exclusion, discrimination and removal from their homes and cultures. This reflects serious systemic denial of human rights and intergenerational trauma requiring targeted, strengths-based measures that redress the causes behind these problems.
SNAICC’s focus is targeted at structural issues that underpin these issues. This means a focus on self-determination and, in particular, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in issues affecting our communities. Embedded within this is a right to raise our children within our culture and support them to grow up strong in their identity.
Current Policy Focus – Human Rights and Social Justice
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse user-friendly website
29 Aug 2013
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has a new-look website.
SNAICC and the Indigenous Sub-Group (the ISG)
1 Feb 2013
SNAICC welcomes the opportunities and responsibilities as elected Convenor of the Indigenous Sub-Group on Children and Youth (the ISG).
UN Committee calls for Aboriginal decision-making on Aboriginal issues
1 Mar 2013
The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child condemns ongoing discrimination and poverty that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children experience. The Australian child rights report card – what does it say?
United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York from 7 – 18 May 2012
1 May 2012
SNAICC is participating in The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, seeking to raise the visibility of critical human rights issues impacting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and to strengthen build partnerships.