A damning report released today by UNICEF shines a spotlight on disadvantage amongst Australian children.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, children with disability, LGBTIQ children, asylum seeker and refugee children, children living in regional and remote areas and children in out of home care are particularly being left behind.
Senior Policy Advisor, co-researcher and co-author of The Children’s Report, Freyana Irani, said
We talk about a fair chance for our children, but one in five is starting school developmentally vulnerable, one in six is living in poverty, one in seven has experienced a mental disorder, and youth suicide is the leading and increasing cause of death among children and young people today.
These are all pressing issues for schools and for our ITE programs.
The Children’s Report, containing the voices of children and findings from consultations with 527 children and young people in 30 remote, regional and urban locations across Australia, along with 190 recommendations, will be released today by UNICEF Australia Chair, Ann Sherry, at the National Press Club today.
It is compelling reading for anyone with an interest in our future.