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National Centre Against Bullying - Conference 2014

Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 August
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

The 6th international National Centre Against Bullying Conference brings the most recent research on strategies and solutions to help reduce the prevalence and impact of bullying and cyber bullying. This year, in 'Beyond the Schoolyard', we are exploring how bullying affects very young children, university students and young people in the workplace. We look at how bullying intersects with gender and mental health issues and provide challenging, interesting and solution-focused seminars, round-tables and research symposia. An audience of around 500 attendees across the two days will range from teachers, parents, researchers, education consultants and HR departments who will have the opportunity to network with though leaders on bullying issues.

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Click here for Conference 2014 PDF brochure.

See Conference website at:

www.ncab.org.au/ncabconference2014

Who is minding the children?

Wednesday 18th June 12.30PM-1.30PM
Refugee week
Ella Latham Auditorium, Royal Children's Hospital

Refugee Week is Australia's peak annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. Refugee Week is held from Sunday to Saturday of the week that includes 20 June (World Refugee Day).

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Palm Sunday March for Refugees

On Palm Sunday (April 13th 2014), CRI joined approximately 10,000 other people at the March for Refugees in Melbourne. Board Members Chas Alexander, Frank Meredith and Garry Warne were joined by a number of CRI members. As powerfully articulated by key speakers, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young of the Australian Greens and the Reverend Alistair McRae of the Uniting Church, the policy that CRI strongly supports is that all Australian refugee detention camps should be closed immediately and the detainees released, with support, into the Australian community while their applications for asylum are being processed. CRI is especially concerned for the future of the 1100+ children who are in Australian detention centres. Under Australia’s “protection”, they are locked up in closed communities where many people, out of despair and anger, are behaving violently towards themselves and others and where the risk of death and disease is high. CRI will campaign on behalf of children in detention to ensure that their human rights to freedom, education, normal family life, health care and self-determination are respected. CRI deplores the current mandatory offshore detention policy of both major parties. Change is urgently needed.

 

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind? : The Plight of Detained Children Under Australia's Offshore Mandatory Detention Policy

In his welcome to readers of CRI's website its Chairman, Alastair Nicholson, acknowledged the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) as being the most widely ratified treaty in human history, while also noting that the basic rights of children and youth are still not universally recognised and that they suffer violence, abuse, exploitation and discrimination in increasing numbers every day.

As CRI's mission is to promote, protect and advance the human rights of children, primarily in developing countries, and to promote understanding of, adherence to and effective implementation of the CRC it is important that the organization takes a stand on the increasing evidence showing Australia's failure to protect the rights, physical and mental welfare and safety of young asylum seekers, particularly those who have been transferred to offshore detention centres.

Unfortunately, despite Australia being one of the earliest countries to ratify the CRC, its treatment of children and young people has too often failed to comply with the Convention's principles and requirements. Most recently this has been highlighted by the manner in which young asylum seekers, (whether accompanied by family members or unaccompanied), are treated, both in Australia and in the offshore detention centres to which such children have been sent.

See:

Presentation - Professor Louise Newman AM, Monash University, Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psycology

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