Rights of children



Australia has a strong commitment to protecting the rights of children.

Children are protected by law from physical, sexual and emotional abuse, neglect and violence, both at home and at school. Reasonable arrangements must be made for the supervision and care of children. Physical discipline such as hitting is discouraged, and if it causes significant harm, is illegal. Physical discipline is not allowed in schools.

In Australia, some people, like doctors and teachers, are required to report to state and territory child protection authorities if they are concerned a child is being harmed.

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