Australia's shameful record on protecting children's rights

10 February 2020

Australia is a wealthy nation, with much to be proud of - but when it comes to children's rights, a new report out this morning indicates the country's record is shameful.

The findings are contained in the Children's Rights report by the Nation's Commissioner for Children Megan Mitchell, who's about to leave the job after seven years.

The report's found a 27 per cent increase in reported substantiations of child abuse and neglect, an 18 per cent jump in children in out of home care, and that one in seven kids aged between four and 17 have been diagnosed with mental health disorders and are not being cared for sufficiently.

Duration: 6min 4sec

Listen to the ABC interview here