- December 9, 2014
Yesterday the National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, launched the Children’s Rights Report 2014, which details the findings of her investigation into suicide and intentional self-harm among young people.
Each year the Australia Human Rights Commission’s National Children’s Commissioner prepares a report for the Australian Government on children’s human rights.
The 2014 report provides an overview of the work undertaken by the Commissioner throughout the year in relation to the rights of children and young people. The report also provides details of the Commissioner’s findings from her investigation into intentional self-harm and suicidal behaviour in children and young people.
The report identifies that children as young as three are deliberately harming themselves, and that 8,227 children or young people were admitted to hospital in the past five years for self-harm related injuries,
The report highlights the need for further research about intentional self-harm, with or without suicidal intent, in children and young people and the Commissioner calls for a national research agenda to underpin policies and interventions for children and young people engaging in intentional self-harm.
To download the full report, visit the Australian Human Rights Commission website. A child-friendly verison of the rport is also available here.
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